End-of-year events honor students

End-of-year events honor students

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Friends celebrate at a past commencement

End-of-year activities are in full swing as the countdown to Commencement continues. 

There will be a lot to celebrate May 15 as the college honors both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. 

“We were so saddened last year when the pandemic forced us to alter all our end-of-the-year events, especially Commencement,” said Dr. Karen Aubrey, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We were determined to find a way to highlight the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 this year, and decided on a joint ceremony.” 

The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Callaway Stadium. Because of the need for social distancing, tickets for guests will be required. All graduates will receive five tickets for guests, and tickets can be picked up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday on the library plaza, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 3-6 in Room 210 in Smith Hall, and immediately following rehearsal May 14 at the stadium. 

More details about Commencement will be included in next week’s issue of @lagrange or on our website. 

Meanwhile, events next week will help usher in May 15’s festivities. 

virtual-poster-session.jpgThe Undergraduate Research Virtual Poster Session will be streaming again this year, with this link going live at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday. Alumni and friends are encouraged to log on to view the event. 

“We are excited that this year will feature a question-and-answer session with the student authors between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesday,” said Dr. Christi Hu, Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Psychological Science.  

“Anyone with a college email address will be able to post questions, and the students will be available for responses.”  

The poster session is an event hosted by the Undergraduate Research Program. Students who complete research with faculty mentors can display their work and talk with attendees.  

Honors Day recognitions also will be going live Wednesday. 

“We had a very positive experience with last year’s virtual event, so we’re doing it again,” said Dr. Jon Ernstberger, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Math professor. “The nice thing about these online events is that anyone can watch from anywhere, especially those parents, family and friends who couldn’t come to campus for the actual event.” 

Students who receive departmental awards and scholarships from across the campus will be announced during Wednesday’s presentation.  Also, recipients of the John R. Hines Jr. Undergraduate Research Awards, the Waights G. Henry Jr. award and the inaugural Pillar Awards will be recognized. 

Also going virtual, the Nurse Pinning Service will stream at 7 p.m. May 13. 

This year’s Baccalaureate service will be online at 5 p.m. May 14, with the Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell ’03 as speaker. She is superintendent for the Central West District of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Campus notes  

memorial-gathering.jpgSpiritual Life will host “Grief, Hope and Gratitude: A Finals Week COVID-19 Memorial Gathering” at 8 p.m. April 29 on the library plaza. “This will mark the end of our journey through a challenging year, and to remember those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic since March of 2020,” said the Rev. Dr. Adam Roberts, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life. “We will have music, readings, prayers, silence and more than 560 luminaries for every 1,000 lives lost in this country from COVID. We’ll end with words of hope for the future.” White luminary bags will be distributed from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. April 26-29 on the plaza. The end-of-the-semester “Late Night Breakfast” will be served afterward. 

Commencement tickets will be distributed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday on the library plaza, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 3-6 in Room 210 in Smith Hall, and immediately following rehearsal May 14 at the stadium. Because of the need for social distancing, tickets for guests will be required. All graduates will receive five ticketsStudents must present their college ID. For more information, email  

sound-of-success.jpgThe ringing of the Chapel Bell is a new tradition offered only to graduating seniors to celebrate a first full-time, post-graduation job offer or admission to grad school. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments:  Makayla Red (Education)teacher at Heard Elementary School in Franklin, GeorgiaRebekah Hobson (Accountancy), billing clerk with the Coleman Moving Co. in Midland City, Alabama; Allyson Fuller (Nursing)registered nurse at Wellstar West Georgia in LaGrange; Cole Reihing (Theatre Arts), performer at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Adrian McGinnis (Nursing), registered nurse at Wellstar West Georgia in LaGrange; Haylee Jones (Accountancy), entry-level accountant at TrackMobile in LaGrange; and Jayme Middleton (English), teacher at Temple High School in Temple, Georgia. Feel free to post videos to all our social media outlets and share with family and friends. Use the hashtag #LCSoundofSuccess.  

Cultural Enrichment events    

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply.     


Sustainability Literacy Survey  

Test sustainability literacy by taking the Sulitest multiple choice survey. 


Young Alumni Virtual Interview Series – Dr. Lindsey Robinson, chiropractor  

Dr. Robinson is the owner of The Local Chiropractic in LaGrange 


Lessons in Leadership: Leading Through Challenges 

Tad Goetcheus, COO and President of HRP Associates Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina, will discuss the leadership principles he has developed during his career. 

Sustainability Council Movie Night: "The Ethics of Eating” 


Mythbusters: COVID-19 and the vaccines 

3 p.m., Corn Auditorium 

After describing how the immune system responds to an infection by the COVID-19 virus, Biology professors Dr. Melinda Pomeroy-Black and Dr. Nickie Cauthen will bust some myths about the vaccines. Dr. Pomeroy-Black and Dr. Cauthen will welcome questions from the audience. Open only to LC students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited, and all health and safety guidelines will be enforced. 


Servant Scholars Colloquium: Project Lattice 

The presentation of Project Lattice will be a colloquium summarizing the research, work and impact of the senior Servant Scholars' capstone project. 


Grief, Hope and Gratitude: A Finals Week COVID-19 Memorial Gathering  

8 p.m., library plaza 

The event will feature music, readings, prayers, silence and more than 560 luminaries for each 1,000 lives lost in this country from COVID.  




The Panthers had two golfers named to the USA South All-Conference team. Senior Cameron Starr was a first-team selection and junior Jay Adams was named to the second team. Starr is currently ranked fourth in the Golfstat NCAA Division III rankings. 


Men’s Tennis 

LC placed three players on the USA South All-Conference West Division teams. Seniors Caleb Edde and Kyle Kelley were named to the first team, while sophomore Al Robertson was honorable mention. 



Sophomore Cael Chatham was the USA South Player of the Week after leading the Panthers (15-7, 7-1 USA South) to a three-game sweep of USA South rival Maryville last weekend. Chatham batted .692 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in the three games. He garnered another weekly honor as he was the honorable mention Hitter of the Week on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division III National Players of the Week team. 



LC (3-9, 2-8 USA South) lost 6-2 and 9-3 to Wesleyan in a USA South doubleheader Wednesday at the LC Softball Complex. Sophomore Maggie White was 3-for-6, including a home run, to lead the Panthers. 


Men’s Lacrosse 

The Panthers (0-6, 0-3 USA South) lost 25-5 to Piedmont last Sunday at Callaway Stadium. Freshmen Tripp Floyd and Michael St. John each had two goals for the Panthers. 


Friday (today) 

Golf at USA South TournamentBenvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 
Beach Volleyball vs. Lincoln Memorial, 2 p.m., Strack Volleyball Courts 

Beach Volleyball vs. Huntingdon, 6 p.m., Strack Volleyball Courts 

Softball vs. Huntingdon, 5 p.mand 7 p.m., LC Softball Complex 


Golf at USA South Tournament 


Men’s Lacrosse vs. Huntingdon, 1 p.m., Callaway Stadium 

Baseball vs. Brevard, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium 


Softball at Covenant, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 


Beach Volleyball at Huntingdon, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 


May faculty and staff birthdays 

1 – Lauren Hill  

3 – Elissa Lawson 

4 – Amber Spratlin 

Anthony Wilson 

6 – Mark Yates 

7 – Sarah Holden 

11 – Robert Jones 

13 – David Ahearn 

16 – Christina Kelley 

17 – Austin Wieland 

18 – Mark Davis 

Trevor Lane 

23 – Lee Richter 

27  Luke Hopper 

Video of the Week 

LaGrange students urge everyone to “Make an appointment and make a difference." 


In the headlines 

Big weekend for Panthers – LaGrange Daily News, April 20, 2021 

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Keywords: Commencement Honors Day Undergraduate Research

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Last updated: 04/23/2021