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Calipari Appearance Cancelled

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's scheduled appearance at Henderson Community College's 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 17 has been cancelled. Although a contract was signed, the SEC and NCAA declared that his appearance would be out of compliance with their regulations. It has since been determined that coach Calipari cannot appear at a two-year institution or be involved in any fundraiser benefiting students. All involved are extremely upset about the cancellation and express sincere apologies about the sequence of events.

Calipari's appearance as featured speaker at the event was intended to benefit the Colonels 2 College scholarship program, which gives scholarships to HCC for Henderson County High School graduates who sign up as freshmen and maintain a good standing with the program, starting with the class of 2013.

Tickets for the event at the Henderson Fine Arts Center ranged from $45 to $75. Full refunds for ticket purchases will be issued, or tickets holders may wish to donate the refund to the Colonels 2 College Scholarship Program. Details on refunds will be announced later.