Spalding University will confer 645 degrees June 2

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Spalding University will award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to 645 students June 2 at Canaan Christian Church.

Five people will also be recognized during the commencement.

Three men will receive honorary doctorates of public service. They are community activist Christopher 2X; retired banking executive and non-profit leader Carl M. Thomas; and Republic Bank chairman and CEO Steve Trager.

Spalding will also present its alumna of the year award, the Caritas Medal, to Christe Coe, who earned a master’s degree in nursing at Spalding and serves on the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The award is presented to an alumnus each year who has made a “significant contribution” and who “embodies the qualities and spirit of service encompassed in the mission of Spalding,” according to a media release from the school.

Barbara Carter, a faculty member of Spalding’s School of Social Work for more than a decade, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Carter ensures “students receive rigorous and relevant field experience prior to joining the profession of social work,” the release said. “During her time at Spalding, Carter maintains a 100 percent placement rate for students, having placed more than 700 of them in social service agencies in Kentucky and other states.”

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