Lincoln Memorial University President B. James Dawson conferred the degrees of 461 students on Saturday. Family and friends of over 400 students attended the commencement ceremony held in Tex Turner Arena.
LMU conferred 154 associates, 186 bachelor’s, 117 master’s and four doctoral degrees during the ceremony. The commencement address was given by Susan Ford Bales, the daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Mrs. Betty Ford,
LMU President B. James Dawson awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters to Ford Bales. Additionally, three individuals were recognized with special honors from the University.
LMU is one of approximately 60 schools in the United States to award the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards which recognize individuals whose “nobility of character” and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others.
This year LMU chose to recognize William Hunter Slemp of Dryden, Va. with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and Christine Hickman of Middlesboro with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award.
The University also honored retiring faculty member Dr. Okie Wolfe with the designation of Faculty Emeritus. Wolfe was a faculty member of the Carter and Moyers School of Education for 40 years.