The Adams family had double the reason to celebrate during LWC’s 2018 spring
For Susan and Logan Adams of Somerset, Ky., Lindsey Wilson College was a family affair. The mother and son graduated together from LWC at the college’s 107th commencement ceremony on May 12.
The Adams walked side by side to the commencement stage to receive their degrees.
“When I found out my mother could walk in commencement the same day as me, I was so happy,” said Logan. “She deserved to be celebrated and to celebrate. I was so proud of her. I knew how hard she worked for her degree on top of being married and a mom with a full-time job. She’s also very active in her church. It’s unbelievable.”
Susan said it was special to share the day with her son.
“It didn’t truly become real until walking into Biggers Sports Center,” said Susan, a 1986 graduate of Russell County High School in Russell Springs, Ky. “To be able to share this milestone with my son beside me is a blessing that not many people get to have.”
Susan said she was also nervous about drawing attention away from her son.
“I vividly remember my mother expressing her hesitance about walking in the commencement exercises with me,” said Logan. “I told her this was as much her moment to celebrate as it was mine. I am so glad I got to share that day with her.”
Not only did Susan and Logan graduate together, but they also earned the same degree – a bachelor of arts in human services and counseling. They said that going through the journey together strengthened their relationship.
“This is one more thing we have in common,” said Susan. “We talked about homework, papers and courses we had both taken. We would bounce ideas off each other regarding the field of human services. It made my experience that much more rewarding.”
Susan earned her degree through LWC’s community campus at Somerset Community College. Logan had a more traditional experience by enrolling on the A.P. White Campus and living in residence halls.
“I will always be thankful for my time at LWC,” said Susan. “Although I was not able to spend much time on campus, every time I was there I felt supported and had no trouble finding help with whatever I needed. I was able to learn about not only my profession but about myself as well.”
For Logan, LWC was his second home.
“LWC felt like home to me,” he said. “It’s a place that I knew I could have unlimited opportunities for growth, but still enjoy the close-knit community atmosphere. I think the hardest part of my college experience for me was leaving. Leaving an incredible community that has given me so much. My fear is that I hadn’t sufficiently given back to the LWC family as much as it had given to me.”
The Adams family has a deep connection to LWC. Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams ’78 is Susan’s brother-in-law and Logan’s uncle. Dean’s wife, Valerie J. Murrell ’90 Adams once served as the college’s alumni director. And their daughter, Devon Adams Jett is a 2002 LWC graduate. Logan’s cousin, Caleb, will graduate in December 2018.
“Dean was someone who I considered a mentor during my time at the college,” said Susan. “His wisdom and leadership are strong examples for what I wanted to get out of my education.”
Dean Adams said it was a special time in his life when Logan and Susan graduated from LWC.
“It is always affirming when someone in my family chooses to attend LWC,” said Dean. “However, when you get to witness your sister-in-law and nephew walk across the commencement stage on the same day, it is such a special occasion. I’m not surprised that Susan and Logan earned degrees in human services. They both have such a heart for helping other people. I’m extremely proud of them and LWC.”