Native American graduation event held Wednesday

The Native American graduation and reception was held Wednesday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held its 6th annual Native American Graduation Ceremony and Reception Wednesday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

Thirty-four Native American students, representing 10 tribes, were present, joining more than 80 guests, including family members, friends and tribal representatives. During the 2011-12 academic year, 256 Native American students graduated from Southeastern.

Guest speakers for the event were Southeastern president Larry Minks; Joy Culbreath, Executive Director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; and Lisa John, Administrator for the Division of Education for the Chickasaw Nation.

“We congratulate each of our Native American students,” said Chris Wesberry, director of Southeastern’s Native American Center for Student Success. “Because of their academic abilities and their desire to earn a college degree, they keep Southeastern in the national rankings of producing Native American graduates.We are proud of them for accomplishing their goals of being graduates and wish them the best.”

Along with a high percentage of Native American students enrolled (30 percent), Southeastern offers a minor in Choctaw Language, a minor in Native American Studies, a Chickasaw Language and Culture course, and a Native American Student Association.

Wesberry ‘s staff members include Chantelle Standefer, Jennifer Kemp, Hannah Blackwell, Blaine Powell, and Amy Gantt, You can contact them at 580-745-2376, 580-745-2812 or