University News

Benson Presides at Makeshift Commencement Ceremony for One Student

ceremony photo

Last winter, he shoveled nearly a foot of snow off a student’s driveway in Berea after that student challenged him on Twitter to make it possible for him to attend class the next morning.

On Sunday, May 17, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson took time to preside at a one-person commencement ceremony, again due to a Twitter request from a student.

Herbarium Named for Long-Time Curator Dr. Ronald Jones

photo from plaque presentation

His persistent efforts as its long-time curator made the Eastern Kentucky University Herbarium one of the largest and most diverse in the region.

His groundbreaking book, “Plant Life of Kentucky,” earned raves nationally and will serve botanists and the public for years to come.