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Spring Commencement held at Southeastern

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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

DURANT, Okla. – Chief Gary Batton of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University’s Spring Commencement.

Two ceremonies were held Saturday
in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 The graduating class included students from 27
states and 14 countries; 57 percent were first-generation college graduates.

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.
Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the commencement speaker.

Chief
Batton is a 1989 graduate of Southeastern and received the Distinguished
Alumnus Award from the University in 2013.

Also attending the ceremony and offering welcoming remarks were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education and a former Southeastern president, and Regent Amy Anne Ford of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Dr. Bryon Clark, acting president of Southeastern, offers congratulations to a graduate.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.
Among the dignitaries participating in Saturday’s commencement were Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Regent Amy Anne Ford, Chief Gary Batton, and acting president Dr. Bryon Clark.

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.

Spring Commencement held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates a graduate Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

DURANT, Okla. – Two commencement ceremonies were held Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Southeastern’s  graduating class this spring included students from 25 states and 13 countries. In addition, 53% of the graduates were first-generation college graduates.

Students were awarded degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Marti Phillips of Durant, a Southeastern graduate, delivered the commencement address. Offering welcoming remarks were Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Chairman John Massey of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and Regent Amy Ford from the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Alumni Association president Will Payne delivered the alumni charge.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Regent Amy Ford offered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Marti Phillips was Saturday’s commencement speaker.

Spring 2017 Commencement moved up to May 6

DURANT, Okla. – Mark your calendars now. Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced that the spring semester will conclude a week earlier than previously announced.

Spring Commencement will now be on Saturday, May 6, instead of May 13; the final day of exams is now May 5 instead of May 12.

Honor graduates recognized at Southeastern Commencement

District Attorney  Emily Redman of Durant was the commencement speaker.

District Attorney Emily Redman of Durant was the commencement speaker.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-nine honor graduates were recognized Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena during Spring Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Two ceremonies were held, with District Attorney Emily Redman, a Southeastern graduate, serving as commencement speaker. Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, a former president of Southeastern, offered welcoming remarks from the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Regent Terry Matlock welcomed the audience of behalf of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

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

 Summa Cum Laude

Dylan S. Brady, Shawnee; Kayle Earl Bryant, Antlers; Christopher Lloyd Burns, McAlester; Sandra Lizeth Franco, Broken Bow; Taylor Joe Matlock, Garvin; Taylor Duane Reeves, Durant; Amanda JoAnna Thompson, Ardmore; Jasmine Lynn Vasquez, Tishomingo.

 Magna Cum Laude

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks to the graduates and guests.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson offered welcoming remarks to the graduates and guests.

Samantha L. Briskey, Moore; Anita Michelle Brown, Sherman, Texas; Cody Aaron Collett, Durant; Stephen Patrick Cox, Collinsville, Texas; Greg James Johnson, Milo; Holly Renee Martin, Clovis, New Mexico; Ashley Marie Miller, Sherman, Texas; Jenneffer Marella Parker, McAlester; Cecilia Marie Vaughn, Carrollton, Texas; Karen Vian-Rawson, Ardmore; Sarah Marie White, Kingston.


 

Cum Laude

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Darrian Williams, a graduate from Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Darrian Williams, a graduate from Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Marliss Marie Allen, Fort Scott, Kansas; Joseph Patrick Badan, Mead; Bethany DeShane Bruno-Wines, Hugo; Larry Leon Burns Jr., Madill; Raquel Nacole Garner, Denison, Texas; Amanda Sue Henley, Eufaula;

Kristie Shiann Johnson, McAlester; Jesse Levi Lemons, Atoka; Jesse Lawrence Muniz, Sherman, Texas;

Sharon Kay Orsack-Lang, Ardmore; Alyssa Denym Pingleton, Tushka; Travis C. Ridinger, Midwest City; Micah Earl Slaten, Calera; Erika Ann Snead, Broken Bow; Jackson Spencer Stanley, Ardmore; Madison Paige Thames, Denton, Texas; Kyle Washington, Bonham, Texas; Emily Nicole Williams, Texarkana, Texas; Trista Lea Winnett, Bokchito; Matthew Wisdom, Vinita.

Spring Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 10

DURANT, Okla. – Spring Commencement will be held at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, May 10.

One ceremony for all schools will begin at 10 a.m. at Paul Laird Field.

Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern, will deliver the commencement address.

In the event of bad weather, two ceremonies will be held in Bloomer Sullivan Arena as follows:

10 a.m.

School of Arts and Sciences

Master of Technology

Master of Science (Safety)

2 p.m.

School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

John Massey School of Business

Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Master of Education

Master of Arts (Teaching)

Master of Science (Sports Studies and Athletic Administration)

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science (Aerospace)

Southeastern recognizes Honors graduates at Spring Commencement

Paul Laird Field was the site of Saturday’s commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Paul Laird Field was the site of Saturday’s commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – Thirty-five students graduated with honors Saturday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement.

Below are the honor graduates, listed by permanent hometown:

Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

William Coltin Birdsong, Lane, Oklahoma; Rachel LeAnne Callicoat, Tushka, Oklahoma; Stacie Lauren Collins, Sherman, Texas; Kayli Marie Dyer, Velma-Alma,  Oklahoma; Jacob Zack Leatherwood, Durant, Oklahoma; Alec Stephan Maloy, Houston, Texas; Brea Michelle McMillan, Dickson, Oklahoma; Cassidy Leigh Percer, Boswell, Oklahoma.

Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

Dillon Clay Allred, Velma, Oklahoma; Austee Lynn Anderson, Palmyra, Missouri; Bryanna Chae Bradshaw, Pottsboro, Texas; Tony R. Clendening, Eufaula, Oklahoma; Ronald L. Daggs, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Jason Matthew Freeman, Wilburton, Oklahoma;

 

 

 

Ronald Kirk Fuquay Jr., Tom Bean, Texas; Adam Ryan Grant, Ector, Texas; Chance Allen Grider, Blanchard, Oklahoma; Joshua Stephen Hightower, Ardmore, Oklahoma; Hem Raj Sapkota, Durant, Oklahoma; Houston Reed Slemp, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Charles Ray Smith Jr., Durant, Oklahoma; Angel DeJesus Vilchis, Bromide, Oklahoma, Darrin A. Wade, Houston, Texas.

 

Regent Terry Matlock, the spring commencement speaker, congratulates a graduate Saturday.

Regent Terry Matlock, the spring commencement speaker, congratulates a graduate Saturday.

Cum Laude (with honors)

Colton James Ammerer, Antlers, Oklahoma; Brooks Randolph Beall, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Emily Rose Garrett, Kemp, Oklahoma; Landon Kayne Johnson, Caddo, Oklahoma; Megan Mary Johnson, Troy, Texas; Wesley Kyle Johnston, Colbert, Oklahoma; Aaron Lee Jones, Paris, Texas; Joseph C. LaGrone, Athens, Texas; Raj Kumar Lamichhane, Bhaktapur; Kayla Rae Miller, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Halley Ashtyn Palmer, Greenville, Texas; Gwendolyn Joy Simmons, Denison, Texas.

Southeastern international student looks forward to graduation, graduate school

Southeastern international student looks forward to graduation, graduate school

Press Release Date: 5-3-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Joel Teko is one of many seniors looking forward to the May 14 Commencement at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

In addition to receiving his degree in Biotechnology, commencement will also offer an opportunity for Joel to reunite with his family. The Teko family will be traveling from their home in Gabon (a state in west central Africa of 1.5 million people) to America for the first time to watch Joel walk across the stage at Paul Laird Field.

“They are very excited,” Joel said. “Both of my parents (father is an accountant and mother is a merchant) have worked very hard to pay for my college education. I am very appreciative of the educational opportunities that I have received in this country.”

Teko is one of 21 international students from 14 countries who will graduate during Spring Commencement exercises. This includes four graduates from Teko’s state of Gabon.

After completing high school, Teko came to the United States at age 18. He spent his first two years at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, before transferring to Southeastern. And he’s not through – he’s already been accepted and received a scholarship to graduate school at Oklahoma State University, where he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, with an eye towards the field of medical research.

“Southeastern has been a great experience for me – I have loved it,” he said. “My professors were excellent and they pushed me to work hard. Dr. (Nancy) Paiva and Dr. (Teresa) Golden have helped me a lot.”

Paiva also served as Teko’s academic advisor.

“Joel is just a wonderful student,” Paiva said. “You always want to have more students like him – students who work hard and who are enthusiastic about what they are doing.”

Paiva noted that Teko honed his research skills last summer when he worked as an intern in plant biology at the Noble Foundation. “The internship provided him some good experience and also elevated his confidence,” she said.

Golden was also complimentary of his work in the classroom.

“Joel really showed an interest in research and he really shined in my class,” she said. “I’m very proud of him – he will be an outstanding graduate student.”

Both professors noted that Teko has worked very hard to improve his language skills, having learned to speak English only after having arrived in America.

Outside the classroom, Teko is the president of the Southeastern International Students Association, is captain of the Southeastern club soccer team, and is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

He has presented projects at Oklahoma Research Day and at the National ACS convention in Anaheim, California.

Although there are admittedly some cultural differences between Gabon and the United States, Teko said he has adjusted, for the most part.

“I had a hard time at first with American food,” he laughed. “In my country, we eat very spicy food. So I’ve learned to eat a lot of Mexican and Italian food here.”