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Bluegrass Community and Technical College students celebrate graduation with drive-thru ceremonies

fter having to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies twice due to the pandemic, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was pleased to offer drive-thru graduation celebrations at the Newtown Campus in Lexington and each of the regional campuses in Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg and Winchester over the weekend. College leadership, faculty and staff welcomed and cheered graduates as BCTC...

Constance Alexander: Here’s to the incredible Class of 2020, may your memories live as long as you do

All over the country, teenagers are missing the pomp and circumstance associated with graduation. When schools closed in March, it was uncertain how long lockdown would last. Soon after, it became clear that staying home and social distancing were essential to prevent further onslaught of COVID-19. For the Class of 2020, school was out forever. No more homeroom, lockers, or lunch periods. Forget the...

FCPS outlines new initiatives to connect with students and families, plans for virtual graduation

In a press conference last week, Fayette County Public Schools unveiled two new initiatives designed to broaden opportunity and access for students and families, and outlined the district’s plans for graduation. “While COVID-19 has dramatically changed the world around us, our core values have remained constant,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Team FCPS has...

Part of a small, but growing, college population Megan McCormick, achieves graduation dream

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Overwhelming excitement with a tinge of apprehension will fill Rupp Arena as emotions will be riding high May 5 — one of the University of Kentucky’s Commencement Days. One by one, thousands of graduates will walk across the stage with an outstretched hand to receive their coveted diploma. Megan McCormick will be among the sea of blue caps and gowns....

Constance Alexander: Graduation day marks transition from higher ed. to hire education

Saturday is commencement day at Murray State University. Approximately 730 graduates, decked out in blue and gold, will receive diplomas. As each one walks across the stage, arm extended for the farewell handshake, it might be assumed that their focus is shifting from higher education to getting hired, earning a living, and making a life. At the same time diplomas are being distributed on campus, Breanna...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System to graduate nearly 15,000 in Spring ceremonies

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 15,000 candidates, potentially receiving more than 31,000* credentials, at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2017 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate;...

Fayette County Public Schools television station will air local 2017 high school graduation ceremonies

Channel 13, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2017 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece. These events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. Broadcast schedule: — Lafayette (commencement is at 4 p.m. on May 24) – airs at 7:30 p.m. on May 29, 9:30 p.m. on May 31, 7:30 p.m. on June 7, 9:30 p.m. on June 9, 9:30 p.m. on June 13,...

Billy Reed: Wise words to graduates — stay forever young, hold onto your principles, reach for the stars

May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true May you always do for others, And let others do for you. Those are the opening lines to “Forever Young,” a song written by Bob Dylan and released on the album “Planet Waves” in 1974. Since then, it has been covered by Ron Stewart, Judy Collins and many other artists drawn to its message of idealism and hope. For older folks, it...

Graduation ceremonies scheduled for 16 in Kentucky Community and Technical College System

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 11,800 candidates, potentially receiving more than 28,800 credentials at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2016 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate. Here...

Constance Alexander: Poignance lies in every backward human gaze

Never fails. The solemn strains of Pomp and Circumstance paired with a procession of young people in caps and gowns bring a lump to my throat. I don’t even have to know any of the graduates; it’s the thoughts that count. Sentimentality starts to mount as the soon-to-be graduates enter the packed auditorium. Proceeding down the aisle with practiced precision, they look young and unnaturally solemn...

All in the Family: Grandmother and granddaughter will graduate together at BCTC

One thing that you notice when you meet Marcella Reynolds and Tulsa Owens-Buffin, is the family resemblance. They are grandmother and granddaughter to each other, with a distinct look in their eyes and a determined drive in their spirits. “We didn’t plan on attending college at the same time,” said Reynolds, “but it just sort of worked out that way.” And what a journey it’s been. Wanting...

Kentucky Board of Education moves to close achievement gaps through renewed support

The Kentucky Board of Education renewed its commitment to educating ALL students and emphasized closing achievement gaps as one of its top priorities.   “This is not only about compliance but is an ethical imperative about reaching each child,” Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd told the board. “By focusing on the individual needs of students we will not only reduce...

To our graduates: Still talking about the ‘Things We Haven’t Finished Saying Yet’

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (Second of two parts)   Now, 2014 Graduates, that you fully understand the first 10 rules-to-take-with-you on your bold journey into life, we want to share the rest. We want your journey to be wonderful and meaningful and, mostly, one that will help you accomplish what you want to be – and who you want to be – in life. Understand that those who love...

To our graduates: Still talking about the 'Things We Haven't Finished Saying Yet'

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (Second of two parts)   Now, 2014 Graduates, that you fully understand the first 10 rules-to-take-with-you on your bold journey into life, we want to share the rest. We want your journey to be wonderful and meaningful and, mostly, one that will help you accomplish what you want to be – and who you want to be – in life. Understand that those who love...

To our graduates: ‘Things We Haven’t Finished Saying Yet’ you really need to hear

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (First of two parts)   Sharing with you, 2014 graduates, on behalf of those who love you, this message I shared with my own sons as they were standing on the threshold of their futures, peering ahead, spreading their wings and ready to jump head-first into the great beyond. We know you are eager to get on with it. We have not forgotten the magic of youth...

To our graduates: 'Things We Haven't Finished Saying Yet' you really need to hear

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (First of two parts)   Sharing with you, 2014 graduates, on behalf of those who love you, this message I shared with my own sons as they were standing on the threshold of their futures, peering ahead, spreading their wings and ready to jump head-first into the great beyond. We know you are eager to get on with it. We have not forgotten the magic of youth...