As colleges and universities statewide wrap up their spring semesters, graduating students are gearing up for commencement ceremonies set in coming weeks.
Gov. Mary Fallin will speak at Oklahoma City University's graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at NW 27 and Florida Avenue. Fallin, the first woman elected governor of Oklahoma, will receive an honorary doctorate of public administration from OCU.
Oklahoma State University will hold three commencement ceremonies for undergraduate students Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. A ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. for students in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Human Science; a second ceremony begins at 1 p.m. for the College of Education and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and a third will take place at 4 p.m. for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Spears School of Business.
The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will hold its commencement at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena, and OSU's Graduate College will hold its ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Commencement speakers will be former XTO Energy President Vaughn O. Vennerberg and education innovator Ken Robinson. Vennerberg will speak at the first undergraduate ceremony and Robinson will speak at the second and third ceremonies.
The University of Oklahoma will hold its commencement at 7 p.m. May 11 at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The commencement speaker will be Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons. A fireworks display will cap the event. Graduates will be recognized at convocation ceremonies May 12. Those ceremonies will be held by individual colleges throughout the day at several locations at the Norman campus. Colleges in the OU Health Sciences Center will hold convocations at several locations in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State University — Oklahoma City will hold its commencement at 7 p.m. May 14 at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena. The ceremony will feature remarks from commencement speaker J. Doug Pruitt, a 1966 graduate of OSU-OKC and chairman of Tucson-based Sundt Construction Services.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, will speak at Oklahoma City Community College's commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at Cox Convention Center.
Rose State College will hold its commencement at 7 p.m. May 11 at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 South Sooner Road in Oklahoma City. Featured speaker will be Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of Tinker Air Force Base.
The University of Central Oklahoma will hold five commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday in Hamilton Field House on the UCO campus. Each ceremony will feature remarks from UCO President Don Betz.
A ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday will honor College of Education and Professional Studies bachelor's degree candidates, with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday honoring master's degree candidates from the Jackson College of Graduate Studies. On Saturday, College of Business Administration students will graduate at 10 a.m., College of Fine Arts and Design and College of Mathematics and Science students will graduate at 2 p.m., and College of Liberal Arts students will graduate at 6 p.m.
Southern Nazarene University will hold two commencement ceremonies May 12 at SNU's Sawyer Center. Undergraduate commencement will be at 10 a.m. and professional and graduate studies commencement will be at 2 p.m.
SNU alumnus Bobby Gruenewald will speak at the ceremony. Gruenewald developed the YouVersion Bible application, an app that gives the user searchable access to the Bible in numerous versions and 22 languages.
Mid-America Christian University will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gaulke Activity Center on the main campus, 3500 SW 119. The speaker will be James Earl “J.E.” Massey, dean emeritus of Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, Ind.