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University of the Cumberlands confers 268 degrees and one honorary degree


Dr. Sandra Laney received an honorary doctorate degree from University of the Cumberlands.

Williamsburg, Ky. — On May 8, 215 University of the Cumberlands seniors received baccalaureate degrees, and 53 scholars received masters degrees during the annual Commencement ceremony. Among the graduating seniors were 16 who graduated cum laude, seven who were magna cum laude and 12 who were summa cum laude.

All Cumberlands 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 2010 contributed a total of 26, 177 hours of service to the Williamsburg community. Fifty-one graduating seniors were designated Hutton Scholars.


Dr. Dale Henry delivered the Commencement address for the Class of 2010.

Three students were named Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in research: Amanda Faulkner from Barbourville; Tina Annie John, from Louisville; and Cynthia Kaeser, from Woodstock, Ga.

Faulkner also 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.

The H. N. and Frances Berger Awards for the outstanding female and male members of the graduating class went to Anne Chandra Thomas, of Lexington, and Taylor Bowman, of Escondido, Calif. Each year, these awards honor students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

The University presented an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree to Sandra Laney, CEO and Chairman of Cadre Computer Resources of Cincinnati. Laney has been a longtime friend of Cumberlands and is a former colleague of the late Dr. Edward L. Hutton, whose support of Cumberlands made possible several facilities on campus, including the Hutton School of Business, Hutton Woods and Hutton Hall.

Dr. Dale Henry, founder and president of Your Best Unlimited, Inc., a Tennessee-based training company, addressed the graduating seniors, their guests and members of the faculty and staff.. Henry, who has been featured on television and radio talk shows around the world and has developed several best-selling video and audio training programs, has served as an educator, administrator, author, motivational speaker, trainer, consultant and entrepreneur. A native of East Tennessee and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains he has drawn heavily on his storytelling background to develop his own brand of “edu-tainment.”

Using his storytelling skills to illustrate his points, Henry made his address one that graduating students and the audience will long remember. “Keep your eye on your passion. Keep your heart full of love for those you will work with, for many of them will be unlovable. Smile, it’s the only way we all know that you have joy in your life,” he said. “And remember, the tasks you did not complete at first are the ones that will take you to that place where you want to be.”