Southeastern News

Honor graduates recognized at Commencement

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-eight students graduated with honors December 14 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement, held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Guest speaker was Mr. Scott Crain, a local businessman and 1984 graduate of Southeastern.

The honor graduates are listed by permanent hometown (Oklahoma, unless otherwise noted):


Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

(Oklahoma unless otherwise noted)

Andrew Michael Abdinor, Klerksdorp, South Africa; Daniel Wade Stahlheber, Midwest City

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

Micah Lee Moore, Durant; Tyler Weston Slawson, Durant; Nickolas E. Wann, Poteau

Cum Laude (with honors)

Ashton Brooke Faries, Sherman, Texas; Christopher C. Jones, Kingwood, Texas; Katherine Leigh Littrell, Bells, Texas; Stephiane Stovall, Wichita Falls, Texas


Summa Cum Laude

(Oklahoma unless otherwise noted)

Charles A. Bull, Millsap, Texas; Joshua E. Dobbs, Newcastle; Diana Joyce Gillum, Sherman, Texas; Bridgett Renee Hertz-Olson, Broken Bow; Bree Anna Labeth, Wilson; Royce E. Martos Jr., Newalla; Vy Le Phuong Nguyen, Dalat, Vietnam; Kathryn Marie Robertson, Wapanucka

Magna Cum Laude

Ryan Joseph Dobbs, Sherman, Texas; Shelby Paige Fraser, Flower Mound, Texas; Kolton Garrett Hall, Bonham, Texas; Kaylee Michelle Johnson, Durant; James Russell Keeton, Ardmore; Kelsey Rae Lee, Davis; Allie McKinzie, Atoka; Shacole LeWanda Smith, Durant; Vickie Lynn Smith, Smithville

Cum Laude

Andrew Robert Cacho, Durant; Ross T. Davis, Denison, Texas; Misty D. Feller, Mustang; Tasha Flowers, Whitewright, Texas; Jordana Maria-Lynn Green, Denison, Texas; Zachary Ray Harmon, Caney; Christian Aaron Jeter, Durant; Nicole Dianne Murphy, Muldrow; Katherine Malia Rings, Whitewright, Texas; Donald Ticer Jr., Oklahoma City; Demetra Paige Wilkerson, Durant; Kasey Nicole Wilson, Hartshorne

Southeastern alumnus Scott Crain was the guest speaker at Commencement.

Southeastern alumnus Scott Crain was the guest speaker at Commencement.

Graduate Stephanie Gardner of Durant is congratulated by Southeastern president Larry Minks.

Graduate Stephanie Gardner of Durant is congratulated by Southeastern president Larry Minks.

A well-decorated cap is displayed at Commencement.

A well-decorated cap is displayed at Commencement.





Scott Crain to address graduates Dec. 14 at Commencement

DURANT, Okla. – Local businessman and alumnus J. Scott Crain will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 14, in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Two ceremonies will be held as follows:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

School of Arts & Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Occupational Safety & Health)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace Administration and Logistics)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Scottpic[1]Scott Crain is a 1984 graduate of Southeastern, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is currently owner-operator of Texoma Manufacturing, LLC, and started his first manufacturing company (now Waste Quip) 25 years ago in Durant.

Crain has twice been a finalist for the Oklahoma Investment Forum’s Grace & Franklin Bernsen Oklahoma Venture of the Year Award, and has also been nominated for the SBA small business of the year.

A graduate of Durant High School, he is active in the community, having served as a founding member of the Durant Sports Association, which raised funds for the Durant Sports Complex. He was also a member of the Durant Community Facilities Authority, which oversaw the construction of the complex as well as the improvements at Paul Laird Football Field.

An ordained minister, Crain is a charter member and elder at Fusion Bible Church in Durant.

Crain and his wife Carol are the parents of Drew (a Southeastern graduate) and Chase. His father, Jim Crain, also graduated from Southeastern.