Diploma earners: KWC was perfect fit
By Rich Suwanski Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Betsy Griffith began her college career at the University of Kentucky but transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan, thinking it would be a place to go for a semester while she figured out what to do next.
Three and a half years after enrolling at KWC, Griffith received her bachelor of science degree in communication arts during the school's 146th commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Woodward Health and Recreation Center.
"I thought UK was where I wanted to be, but about two weeks into the second semester, I decided it wasn't for me," Griffith said. "I enrolled at Wesleyan, thinking I would take some general education courses and re-evaluate what to do in the fall and go somewhere else. But I fell in love with it and decided to stay."
Griffith was one of 155 graduates and three students who received certificates that allows them to go on to engineering school. The keynote speaker was Dr. Laurence Benz, president, CEO and founder of PT Development, a Kentucky-based, private equity fund, who gave advice about finding "the perfect job."
Griffith, an Owensboro High School grad, said her major and KWC's friendly atmosphere — where just about everybody knows your name — was the right fit for her.
"I took a mass media and society class at Wesleyan and loved it," she said.
It helped lead her down the path she wanted. Her plans now are to enroll at Western Kentucky University in the fall to get a master's degree in public administration.
"After that, I'm hoping to be a publicist for a country music star, hopefully, in Nashville," she said. "But I also hope to start my own nonprofit organization."
Jeremy Bivins, a Dunmor native and Muhlenberg County High grad, transferred to KWC from Madisonville Community College after two years and "loved the Wesleyan atmosphere."
"Everyone was inviting and welcoming as soon as I walked in, and it hasn't changed since the day I got here," Bivins said.
Bivins said his two years at KWC flew by because of the challenging courses, as well as activities that enhanced his education.
"I really enjoyed the Dynamic Leadership Institute last semester," he said.
"Wesleyan gave me the knowledge and confidence I need to move forward in my life."
Bivins plans to attend WKU in the fall and pursue a master's in mathematics, then possibly a PhD.
"Wesleyan teachers will make you think and keep pushing you," he said. "They do it out of love and care because they know it's what you need in life."
Benz told the audience he's heard young people ask the rhetorical question, "How soon am I going to find the perfect job?" His answer is, "As soon as you want it. Let it be your first job or your next job."
"Don't be in a hurry," he said. "Whatever position you take ... it's a calling. Realize it's part of a larger picture."
Benz said graduates should pour themselves into whatever they do.
Kathryn Harrison, president of the KWC Alumni Association, told the graduates to stay in touch with the school, give back to the college and be an ambassador for KWC.
Rich Suwanski, 270-691-7315, or firstname.lastname@example.org