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University celebrates first-generation students, alumni

November 2, 2021

Each year, approximately one-half of the graduating class at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is comprised of first-generation graduates – the first in their family to earn a college degree.

Current students and first-generation alumni gathered Tuesday to celebrate this life-changing experience with a luncheon program in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom.

Sponsored by The Student Support Services and Project: TEACH offices, the following first-generation graduates shared their thoughts and recollections with the 30 students in attendance:

Ms. Cassandra Woodward,  from  Bennington, Oklahoma (’21)

Mr. Tyrone Stafford, Eagletown (’97,’00)

Mr. Seth Fairchild, Caddo  (’05)

Ms. Regina Johnson, Hugo  (’04)

Mr. Filip Pavlovic, Serbia  (’13,’20)

Ms. Angela Hornbeak Kemp, Ardmore  (’01)