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Lindsey Wilson grads from PCC honored

GRADUATES RECOGNIZED: Members of the first group of graduates from Lindsey Wilson College’s program at Prestonsburg Community College posed following their pinning ceremony. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Leslie Heywood, Gina Nicole McPeek and Amanda C. Smith. In the back row, left to right, are Deborah Lynn Hicks, Beverly Lynn Pruitt and Shelia Renee Wallen. (click for larger version)
PRESTONSBURG — The first group of graduates from Lindsey Wilson College’s program at Prestonsburg Community College was recognized Jan. 17 at a special pinning ceremony.

The pinning ceremony recognized the first six area residents who successfully completed the Lindsey Wilson program.

Recognized at Saturday evening’s pinning ceremony were Leslie Heywood, Deborah Lynn Hicks, Gina Nicole McPeek, Beverly Lynn Pruitt, Amanda C. Smith and Shelia Renee Wallen.

“It’s a joy to be here to celebrate your accomplishments with you,” Lindsey Wilson provost and dean of the faculty William B. Julian told the students. “You have all taken an enormous step toward the ultimate step.”

The six area residents earned a bachelor of arts degree in human services and counseling, thanks to a cooperative program between Lindsey Wilson and Prestonsburg Community College.

After the students earned 60 hours of academic credit from Prestonsburg, they took an additional 20 hours of general-education classes through PCC while taking 48 hours of human-services classes from Lindsey Wilson professors in Prestonsburg. Students took classes mostly on nights and weekends.

The six area students will officially receive a Lindsey Wilson diploma in May, when college-wide commencement exercises are held on the college’s Columbia campus. At Saturday evening’s ceremony in Prestonsburg, the students received special pins from the college in recognition of their work.

“You will all make this community a better place to live for other people because you will all have careers as mental-health professionals,” Julian said. “You will all have considerable impact on the quality of life in this part of the state, and we all thank you for that.”

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