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Kentucky campuses lead charge on employability; 13 programs certified for integrating essential job skills

Kentucky colleges and universities are helping shape an innovative effort to prepare graduates for careers and strengthen the nexus between higher education and jobs – another step toward economic recovery amid COVID-19. During the past 18 months, more than a dozen college programs in Kentucky serving more than 3,000 students have completed a new and rigorous certification process that requires them...

Aaron Thompson: Amid the uncertainty, Class of 2020, you’ll be better off with a college degree

As the head of public higher education in Kentucky, I’m usually asked to deliver at least one commencement address each May. If I were giving one this year, I’d probably start by offering both my congratulations and condolences. I’m certain you never imagined your high school or college career would come to a close during a global pandemic. I’m sorry that your graduation ceremony had to be...

Lindsey Wilson College finds alternative ways to honor students for excellence, service

The 2019-20 academic year at Lindsey Wilson College came to a close last week. Because of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, all senior events and award ceremonies were canceled. However, LWC found alternative ways to recognize students for excellence and service. More than five dozen individuals were honored by the 117-year-old liberal arts college for academic achievement during the 2019-20...

UK College of Agriculture alumni association welcomes new grads in unique way

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Graduating college amid a global pandemic is far from how 2020 spring graduates envisioned ending their time at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Even though they won’t be taking that famous rite of passage across the Rupp Arena stage, the college’s alumni association is making sure the transition is memorable. “Along...

Georgetown College moves spring commencement festivities to weekend of July 10-11

When Georgetown College was forced to close the campus to in-person classes in March, the cabinet also announced that the decision regarding canceling commencement would be put off until April 29. By waiting as long as possible to make that decision, the hope was that the situation would improve sufficiently to allow this important milestone and ceremony to occur as planned on May 9. Unfortunately,...

Aaron Thompson: Don’t listen to skeptics about its value — college is still worth it for many reasons

To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You’ve achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically improve the quality of your life — a college credential. You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used...