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Cumberlands Presents 358 degrees and two honorary degrees


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky - On May 5, 358 of the 483 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students who were eligible for degree completion participated in the campus’ annual commencement ceremonies. During the ceremony, 209 baccalaureate degrees, 142 master degrees, 1 education specialist degree and 6 doctorate degrees were presented.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the university has conferred a total of 987 degrees making it the most successful year in Cumberlands’ illustrious history.


All Cumberland undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation, and those who choose to complete a minimum of 200 service hours are named Hutton Scholars at Commencement. The class of 2012 contributed a total of 28,457 hours of service to their communities.

Kristin Gotch (Shelley, ID) and Jerrid Neeley (Annville, KY) were named the Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in research.

The George S. Munro Memorial Prize in Pre-Medical Studies was awarded to Alexandria Lawrence (Louisville, KY). The award is given in recognition of academic excellence and effort to the graduating senior pre-medical student who has achieved the highest grade-point average through his or her college career.

The H. N. and Frances Berger Awards for the outstanding female and male members of the graduating class went to Jake Brock (London, KY) and Amy Roberts (Winchester, KY). Each year, these awards honor students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

The University presented honorary Doctorate of Administration degrees to Ms. Linda Davis Booth (Inez, Ky.) and Mr. Bob M. Hutchison (Staffordsville, Ky.)

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.