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Cumberlands Holds Second Annual Golden March


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) celebrated its 50 year graduates during its May 5, 2012 commencement ceremony. Graduates from the class of 1962 were honored at UC’s annual 50th Class Reunion breakfast before the ceremony. During the graduation processional, the ’62 graduates walked to their seats in the Golden March Tradition.

“We’re pleased to have everyone back and hope you like the changes to campus,” said UC President Dr. James Taylor.

The graduates met for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Boswell Campus Center on UC’s campus, where they recollected days spent at Cumberland College and marveled at how much the campus had changed.

Donnie Rains took time to notice the change that UC has over went in the years since his departure. “This is a beautiful campus, that has changed a lot since I was here,” said Rains. “There used to be three buildings, but this University has seen a lot of change for the better. Dr. Taylor does a great job in being able to raise the money to make all this possible.”

There were 16 graduates from the ’62 class that attended the golden reunion, along with friends and family. Each graduate was given a 50th reunion medallion, cap and gown, and they carried a Golden Reunion banner as they walked in to take their seats during the commencement’s processional.

The graduates that attended the class reunion were: Dr. Mary Louise Elizabeth Angel (Newcomb, TN), Shirley (Brown) Norman (Pioneer, TN), Bill Bryant (Williamsburg, KY), Donnie Rains (Williamsburg, KY), Dr. Byron Owens (Somerset, KY), Kathleen (Phillips) Pennington (Huntsville, TN), Brenda (Haynes) Hollingsworth (Howard, OH), Dorothy (Meadors) Morris (London, KY), Dr. Jerry Fee Montezuma, NC), John Keck (Corbin, KY), James Eaton (Mason, OH), James Meeks (Elizabethtown, KY), Jack Sterling (Harlan, KY), Julian McGinley (Louisville, TN), Sylvia (Williams) Combs (Louisville, KY), and Edward Mahan (Corbin, KY).

“It’s great to come back and see friends from when I was here,” said Dr. Jerry Fee. “I have been coming back to campus about every 10 years since I graduated. I always drive around campus and look at all the improvements the University has had since the last time I visited.”

The idea to begin a Golden March Tradition at each commencement was put into motion by the Director of Alumni Services, Dave Bergman. The decision to begin the annual event in 2011 seemed appropriate, since 1961 was the year that Cumberland College graduated its first four-year class.

“I continue to be in awe of the many accomplishments our alumni have done and continue to do,” said Dr. Taylor.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.