Edmond dentist Jeff Baggett and national Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative Deran Abernathy also delivered moving messages during the session.
The awareness program began eight years ago as the brainchild of Skaggs. His first keynote speaker was former basketball coach Eddie Sutton, just months after his DUI arrest and resignation from OSU.
Past speakers also include current basketball coach Travis Ford, wrestling coach John Smith, former golf coach Mike McGraw and university president Burns Hargis.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon president Grant Heckenkemper said having important school figures makes the program resonate more with students.
However, he said the most important matter is simply delivering the message of alcohol safety and responsibility.
“It's something that needs to be addressed, because if it's not, people will learn lessons the wrong way,” Heckenkemper said.
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