CU to graduate 417 students in three ceremonies May 8 and 9, for a total of 629 for academic year

CU to graduate 417 students in three ceremonies May 8 and 9, for a total of 629 for academic year

                                                                                                                       May 5, 2015
For immediate release


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University will award 417 graduate and undergraduate degrees in three ceremonies in her May commencements Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.

Additionally, the university had 212 December candidates for commencement making a total of 629 graduates for the 2014-15 academic year.

At 7 p.m. Friday, 143 master’s candidates will receive their diplomas at Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. These include: master of business administration (22), master of arts in organizational leadership (4), master of management and leadership (4), master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (1); master of theology (13), master of science in special education (4), master of arts in school improvement (2), master of arts in social science (3), master of arts in sport management (1), teacher leader master of arts in special education (36), teacher leader master of arts in education (15), master of arts in music (1), master of music in performance (4), master of music in piano pedagogy (1), master of social work (24), master in marriage and family therapy (7), and master of science in counseling (1).

At 9 a.m. Saturday, 129 bachelor of science students will receive their diplomas in Powell Athletic Center at 203 Tiger Way, Campbellsville.

At noon, 145 students will receive associate of science (22), associate in nursing (21), bachelor of music (4), bachelor of arts (14), bachelor of science in business administration (53), bachelor of nursing (10) and bachelor of social work (21).

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, who is serving in his 17th year, will present an award to Dr. Donnie Gosser, a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, who will receive the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award on Friday night.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., an honorary degree in higher education administration will be given to Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs, and 1965 graduate of CU, as well as the CU Leadership Award to Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond, and member of the Board of Trustees, CU class of 1949.

At noon, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award will be presented to Ellie Ruth McKinley, class of 2015.

Heilman will give the commencement addresses at both undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday.

Carter and Cheatham will confer the degrees and present the students’ names, respectively, at all ceremonies.                                                     

Paula Smith, director of alumni relations, will install the alumni.       

There will be a senior walk at 6:30 p.m. for the graduate ceremony May 8 beginning in the Davenport Student Commons and moving to Ransdell Chapel. On Saturday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m., there will be the senior walk for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at 11:30 a.m. for the noon ceremony, both in front of Montgomery Library, and moving to Powell Athletic Center.

DVDs of the graduation ceremony will be sold for $25 in the lobbies of both Ransdell Chapel and Powell Athletic Center. You can also order online by going to

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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