Locals earn degrees at WKU

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By The Staff

Two Campbellsville students and two Greensburg students were among the more than 1,000 graduates to earn degrees from Western Kentucky University on Saturday, Dec. 15 during its 162nd commencement at Diddle Arena.

Degrees were conferred to 1,071 students (81 associate's, 778 baccalaureate, 211 master's and one specialist) who completed their programs this fall as well as five students who completed a cooperative doctoral degree in educational administration offered by WKU and the University of Louisville.

About 800 students participated in the ceremony at Diddle Arena.

President Gary Ransdell told graduates that 2007 has been a wonderful year with numerous achievements, sustained enrollment growth and a continued transformation of the campus and of WKU's mission to become as a leading American university with international reach.

"As you leave this hill, you take with you years of memories and experiences," Ransdell said. "You life has been shaped by your WKU experience, and WKU has been shaped by your influence. You carry with you what we hope is a fire and a passion for service, a commitment to virtue, a capacity for success and for impact, a honed talent in your chosen field, and an absolute confidence in your abilities and your strengths. You are destined to lead."

Beverly C. Ennis of Greensburg was a recipient of the cooperative doctoral degree in educational administration were.

In addition, WKU's School of Nursing recognized its first cohort of December graduates in the prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing program. This group was the first admitted two years ago under a new twice per year admissions process; previously, the program admitted students once per year and all graduated in May.

The BSN graduates are Lynde Fawcett and Tiffany Gordon, both of Campbellsville; and Carrie Shuffett of Greensburg.

The ceremony was broadcast live on WKYU-PBS along with a webcast online.

The ceremony will be replayed on WKYU-PBS at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17.