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Colleges and universities in Oklahoma gear up for graduation

As the spring semester draws to a close, colleges and universities across the Oklahoma City area are gearing up for commencement ceremonies.
by Silas Allen Modified: April 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013

As the spring semester draws to a close, colleges and universities across the Oklahoma City area are gearing up for commencement ceremonies to be held in the coming weeks.

Oklahoma City University will hold a baccalaureate service at 9 a.m. May 11 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel. Graduation ceremonies will follow, with undergraduate commencement beginning at 11 a.m. and graduate commencement at 3 p.m. at the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center. Ed Kelley, former editor of The Oklahoman and the Washington Times, will deliver the commencement address.

The University of Oklahoma will hold its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. May 10 at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. The commencement speaker will be Fareed Zakaria, a CNN commentator and editor-at-large for Time magazine. Graduates will be recognized at convocation ceremonies to be held the following day at several locations on the Norman campus. Colleges in the OU Health Sciences Center will hold convocations at several locations in Norman and Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma State University will hold three commencement ceremonies for undergraduate students Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. A ceremony for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Spears School of Business will begin at 9:30 a.m. A second ceremony for students in the College of Human Science and the College of Arts and Sciences will begin at 1 p.m., and a third ceremony for students in the College of Education and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology begins at 4:30 p.m.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford, a former astronaut, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies. Edmond attorney Andy Lester, chairman of the board of regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges, will speak at the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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