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By Kala Thornsbury, Student Contributor

PicMonkey Collage2On Saturday, May 2nd, family and friends gathered at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center to watch this year’s graduates receive their degree from Alice Lloyd College.

In his opening remarks, President Joe Stepp welcomed family and friends to the campus and praised graduates for their outstanding accomplishments. The Class of 2015 was blessed with a moving baccalaureate address from Reverend Lawrence Baldridge of Pippa Passes, Kentucky, who has been pastor of Caney Baptist Church since 1964.  The commencement address was delivered by Jack Whitaker of Diablock, Kentucky. Jack is an alumnus of Hazard High and Eastern Kentucky University. Today, Jack is a retired coal miner and pastor but remains Chairman of the Whitaker Bank Corporation.

Following the confirmation of degrees three graduates were recognized for their academic achievements. Dr. Claude “Lafie” Crum, Academic Dean, presented the salutatorian award to Allison Holbrook. The prestigious valedictorian awards were given to Ashley Daily and China Riddle.

In addition to recognizing our graduates, President Stepp also presented two special awards to faculty and staff members. Cynthia Salmons, Assistant Professor of English, was given the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, and Tammi Hall, Assistant to the Director of the Physical Plant, received the Leadership in Service Award.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015:

Jonathan D. AdamsNeon, Kentucky

Jonathan T.  AdamsIsom, Kentucky

Melinda AdamsCornettsville, Kentucky

Tawny AguayoHindman, Kentucky

Austin AllenGrayson, Kentucky

Joshua ArnoldBlountville, Kentucky

Matthew Asher – Hindman, Kentucky

Jeremy BakerHazard, Kentucky

Jacob BalesSomerset, Kentucky

Rachel BentleyPound, Virginia

Wendy BlairWhitesburg, Kentucky

Megan BoswellStanton, Kentucky

Christopher BowenInez, Kentucky

Shayla BrinegarIrvine, Kentucky

Chelsea BrownFrankfort, Kentucky

Kevin BrownInez, Kentucky

Chelsea BurkeVirgie, Kentucky

Sarah CaldwellMelvin, Kentucky

Emily CaricoJackson, Kentucky

Jeronie CaudillKite, Kentucky

Tabitha CesefskeJackson, Kentucky

Kylie ClayChapmanville, West Virginia

Mckayla CollettBledsoe, Kentucky

Kayla CollinsLondon, Kentucky

Dana CootsWooton, Kentucky

Ashley DailyHiltons, Virginia

Ashley DixonHallie, Kentucky

Aaron DotsonLouisa, Kentucky

Craig FaulknerSandy Hook, Kentucky

Whitney HallManchester, Kentucky

Allison HolbrookHyden, Kentucky

Candace HoskinsHyden, Kentucky

Alyssa HowardTopmost, Kentucky

Jakolby HuffPippa Passes, Kentucky

Katelin HyltonWebbville, Kentucky

Austin IsonViper, Kentucky

Amelia JohnsonVirgie, Kentucky

Cynthia JohnsonSquire, West Virginia

Callie KiserGeorgetown, Kentucky

Hailey KurackaWhitesburg, Kentucky

Alexander MaddenWhitesburg, Kentucky

Jamison MarcumLondon, Kentucky

Carla McDanielSneedville, Tennessee

Zachery McGeorgeManchester, Kentucky

Joshua MillsLouisa, Kentucky

Thomas Brent MillsGirdler, Kentucky

Emery Minton IIIHarrogate, Tennessee

Stephanie MooreMcArthur, Ohio

Christopher MullinsChavies, Kentucky

Micah MusicWest Van Lear, Kentucky

Gary NicklesBristol, Virginia

Clayton OsborneLouisa, Kentucky

Tori PriceNoblesville, Indiana

China RiddleVirgie, Kentucky

Hollie SaylorCorbin, Kentucky

Cameron ShepherdWallins, Kentucky

Anthony Sizemore IIBig Creek, Kentucky

Mary SizemoreColdiron, Kentucky

Niki SizemoreHazard, Kentucky

Andrea SloneBeaver, Kentucky

Gary SlonePippa Passes, Kentucky

Kandi SloneMallie, Kentucky

Brittany SmithBelfry, Kentucky

Ricky SmithPippa Passes, Kentucky

Jarrod StamperWhitesburg, Kentucky

Samantha StiltnerRowe, Virginia

Kayla SturdivantGray, Kentucky

Kayla ThackerLeburn, Kentucky

Alicia ThompsonHindman, Kentucky

Jessica ThompsonHindman, Kentucky

Ryan WellsGrove City, Ohio

Laura WhiteManchester, Kentucky

Robert WilliamsMt. Sterling, Kentucky

Samantha WilliamsIvel, Kentucky