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Oklahoma City University to give four honorary doctorates

Undergraduate ceremonies at OCU will begin at 11 a.m. May 11, followed by graduate ceremonies at 3 p.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 4, 2013
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Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, Chesapeake Energy's Martha Burger, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, and journalist Ed Kelley will be awarded honorary doctorates from OCU during spring commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies are scheduled May 11 in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, NW 27 and Florida.

Chenoweth, Burger and Kelley will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Hargis will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Chenoweth, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from OCU, won a Tony Award for her role in the 1999 Broadway revival of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In 2009, the Broken Arrow native earned an Emmy Award for her role on the ABC comedy “Pushing Daisies.”

Burger holds a Master of Business Administration degree from OCU and is the senior vice president of human and corporate resources for Chesapeake Energy.

Hargis has served as president of Oklahoma State University since 2008. He has had a long and distinguished legal and business career with active civic and philanthropic leadership.

Kelley is an accomplished journalist and award-winning editor and reporter who served as editor of The Oklahoman from 2003-11 and more recently as editor of The Washington Times.

Undergraduate ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. May 11, followed by graduate ceremonies at 3 p.m. Kelley will be the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies. The OCU School of Law will hold its graduation and hooding ceremony at 2 p.m. May 19 at the Civic Center Music Hall.

For more information, call 208-5000.