Southeastern News

Spring class includes 57 percent first-generation graduates

 Bloomer Sullivan Arena was full Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

Bloomer Sullivan Arena was full Saturday as Southeastern held Spring Commencement.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University held Spring Commencement exercises Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates, families and guests. Also in attendance was Regent John Massey, representing the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The graduating class includes students from 16 states and 13 countries; 57 percent are first-generation college graduates, the first in their family to receive a college degree.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Sean Burrage congratulates graduate Matt Maxwell, a chemistry major from Durant.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

President Burrage poses for a photo with graduate Taylor Barrick, a psychology major from Duncan.

Fall graduating class includes 54% first-generation graduates

Fall Commencement was held Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Fall Commencement was held Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the commencement speaker.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the commencement speaker.

DURANT, Okla. – More than half – 54% — of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s fall graduating class are first-generation college graduates.

The graduates, families, friends, and University faculty/staff celebrated the accomplishments Saturday at Fall Commencement. Two ceremonies were held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell was the keynote speaker. Hazell has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science at Durant High School for 34 years and holds two degrees from Southeastern.

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

President Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate.

Offering welcoming remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage and Regent Connie Reilly of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.