Lyon College conferred 116 degrees to the 2017 graduating class at the 145th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9, in Becknell Gymnasium.
This year's commencement celebrated not only the Class of 2017 but also Donald Weatherman, 17th President of Lyon College, and his accomplishments as president and former faculty member. Weatherman will officially retire June 30. It also welcomed W. Joseph "Joey" King, Ph. D., as the 18th president of the College.
Keynote speakers included Matthew "Cody" Duvall, Senior Class President; Megan Parks, Student Government Association President; and Lynn Weatherman. Mrs. Weatherman presented on behalf of Dr. Weatherman, who is currently on medical leave.
Perry Wilson, Chairman of the Lyon College Board of Trustees, announced Bradley Gitz, William Jefferson Clinton Professor of International Politics, as the recipient of the Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence. The Board of Trustees established the Williamson Prize in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson. A memorial fund established by the late J. Gaston Williamson support a silver cup and stipend.
Interim president Raymond LaCroix II, D.H.L., presented Gary V. Anderson, ’69, with the Friend of Education Award for his generous support of the College. Anderson has served the Cushman and Batesville school districts for 26 years as superintendent, teacher, coach, and principal.
Eight graduates also received special honors and awards during the ceremony:
Emma Jackson, the Alma Cole Metcalf Endowed Scholarship Award
Jordan Braswell, the John T. and Diana March Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award
Keeley Wooten, the Dr. Margaret Pruden Lester Fellowship
Joseph Burt, the Daniel Seibert Fellowship
Emily Riley, the Dr. Samuel W. Williams Fellowship
Jessica Craven, the Dr. Ellis G. and Mary Newton Mosley Fellowship
Samuel Brineman, the Dr. and Mrs. John D. Spragins Award
Hope Woods, the Charles H. Coffin Scholarship Medal
Lyon is more than just a college. It's a community distinguished by its academic curriculum, unique honor and social systems, and award-winning professors.