Lubbock Christian University will host the Winter Opening Ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s ceremony is for graduate students only and is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the McDonald Moody Auditorium.
Saturday’s ceremony is for undergraduates only and is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Rip Griffin Center, 26th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Dr. B. Ward Lane will be the keynote speaker for the undergraduate graduation ceremony on Saturday. Lane attended what was then Lubbock Christian College in the fall of 1960, where he graduated in 1962. He then attended Abilene Christian University for a year and was admitted to medical school after only three years of university. He attended Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas from 1963 to 1967 and completed his surgical residency in 1972. Dr. Lane then spent two years in the public health department at the Atlanta Correctional Hospital until in 1974.
Lane established his own highly successful Peripheral and General Vascular Surgery practice in Dallas in 1974, and during his medical career he had hospital privileges in various hospitals. In recognition of his expert surgical skills and ability to communicate, he has taught surgery to medical students at Emory University, Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas, and Baylor University Medical Center at various times throughout 1972 to 2004.
An accomplished medical surgeon, Lane has served in leadership roles in the various hospitals in which he has worked and has been a member of numerous medical societies, associations and boards of directors.
Lane has served on the LCU Board of Directors since his appointment in 1986. The B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies is named in his honor.
The speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony is Dr Sam Ayers, Director of Higher Education at the LCU School of Education. A first-generation student, Ayers attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where he earned a BA with dual honors in Elementary Education and History and a Minor in Art, as well as a Masters in Educational Administration. He then moved to Lubbock, and while teaching for Lubbock ISD, he earned an Ed.D. at Texas Tech University in Elementary Education and Educational Administration.
Ayers has held a variety of positions at Lubbock ISD, including teaching K-5 each year, as an assistant principal and principal on multiple campuses, and as LISD Assistant Superintendent for Elementary on 40 campuses. He was an assistant professor at Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist universities and was only invited to teach one semester at LCU, but ended up serving as an assistant professor for twenty-four years. He taught full time at LCU for seven years.
Both launch ceremonies this weekend will be streamed live on LCU.edu/live.