Kentucky Christian University’s 2016 commencement recognized graduates from 39 different majors, degree programs, and areas of concentration in the institution’s largest graduating class.

Several milestones were noted in last Saturday’s ceremony.

KCU’s first fully-online graduate degree, the master of arts in religion, began enrolling students in 2013.

The first three students to complete that program actually finished last December but participated in Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

“This is an important milestone for KCU, as we increase our online presence and offer complete degree programs online,” said Dr. Marvin Elliott, KCU executive vice president and chief academic officer.

Another milestone was the recognition of Lauren Ashley Miller of Boyd County as the 4,000th student to graduate from KCU and its predecessor institutions.

The initial graduating classes of KCU’s biology program have seen students go on to pharmacy, optometry, and other professional graduate programs.

Saturday also marked the milestone of having the first KCU graduate gain acceptance to medical school.

“I want to thank our science faculty for their work establishing a measure of quality for our program of which all of us in the KCU community can be proud and wish Kylie Rice much success in her continuing studies,” Dr. Elliott stated. Rice is a native of Russell.

KCU also awarded an honorary doctor of business administration degree to Jack Strother, Sr., of Grayson, who was described as a true inspiration to KCU and the community.

Photos and a detailed story about Mr. Strother’s recognition will appear in next week’s issue of the Journal-Times.

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