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Cumberlands confers 649 degrees during commencement ceremony


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Saturday, May 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) conferred 649 degrees during their annual commencement ceremony. Of those there were 242 Baccalaureate degrees, 148 Master’s degrees, 1 Education Specialist, and 14 Doctorate degrees. Mr. Rufus M. Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald Leader, gave the commencement speech.

The University had 23 cum laude recipients, 11 magna cum laude recipients, and 12 summa cum laude recipients.

During the 2013-14 academic year, the university has conferred a total of 1,298 degrees making it the most successful year in Cumberlands’ illustrious history.

All UC undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation, and those who choose to complete a minimum of 200 service hours are named Hutton Scholars at Commencement. The class of 2014 contributed a total of 34,483 hours of service to the Williamsburg community. At minimum wage, this contributed $250,001 in service to the community. Seventy graduating seniors were designated Hutton Scholars.

Brandon Keith Nance (Corbin, KY) received the George S. Munro Memorial Prize in Pre-Medical Studies, which is awarded in recognition of academic excellence and effort to the graduating senior pre-medical student who has achieved the highest grade-point average through his or her college career.

Andrew Diehl (Independence, KY), Cassandra Bowlin (San Francisco, CA), and Jackie Alexander (Brodhead, KY) were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army.

Also during the commencement ceremony, Mr. Doyle Baker was honored with the Honorary Doctor of Engineering and Mr. William J. “Bill” Chatlos, Jr. was honored with the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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.