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Outstanding graduates honored during Eastern’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony

5/12/2015

WILBURTON, OK (May 12, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College recognized six Outstanding Graduates during the college’s Commencement Ceremony on May 8 in Wilburton. One graduate from each of the six college divisions is selected each year for the honor.

The 2015 Outstanding Graduates include Jackson Ferguson of Soper, Agriculture Division; Melissa Servais of Wilburton, Behavioral and Social Science Division; Preston Bingham of Quinton, Business Division; Jordan Holder of McAlester, Language, Humanities and Education Division; Jordan Rogers of Quinton, Nursing Division; and Tylee Phillips of Wilburton, Science and Mathematics Division.


Ferguson graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a degree in animal science. He earned a 3.9 overall grade point average and was recently named the Outstanding Animal Science Student for 2014-2015. During his time at Eastern, Ferguson was an active member of the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Native American Student Association, the Aggie Club and the Agriculture Ambassador leadership program. He was also selected as a George Nigh Leadership Scholar and represented Eastern at the George Nigh Leadership Academy this spring. He plants to continue his education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness at Oklahoma State University.


Servais graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of arts degree in psychology/sociology and a 3.95 overall grade point average. She was an active member of the Psychology and Social Sciences Club and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also participated in numerous events including Mountaineer Mania, the Halloween Carnival, Toys for Tots holiday toy drive and Voters Registration Drive. Servais plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources with an emphasis in basic counseling and a minor in sociology from East Central University.


Bingham graduated with an associate of science degree in business administration and a 3.7 overall grade point average. He was a member of the Eastern Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has also tutored students in the math and computer science departments and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the speech and debate team in Quinton. He plans to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University and earn a bachelor’s degree in computer programming.


Holder graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of arts degree in elementary education and a 4.0 grade point average. She has served as president of both the Eastern Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also served as a member of the Native American Student Association and a student representative of the Eastern Student Government Association. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University.


Rogers graduated with an associate of applied science degree in nursing. While still a junior at Crowder High School, Rogers started her college career with concurrent classes at Eastern and graduated high school with 38 college credit hours. She also received her certification as a nurse aide from Kiamichi Technology Center. During her time at Eastern, she earned the Outstanding Student in Maternal Childcare Award and a nurse extern position at McAlester Regional Health Center (MRHC). Upon passing her nursing board exam, Rogers plans to continue working at MRHC and pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing.


Phillips graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with an associate of science degree in mathematics and a 3.851 overall grade point average. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and participated in Eastern’s Toys for Tots toy drive and the regional MathCounts competition. She also served as a college algebra, trigonometry and calculus tutor at Eastern. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and major in civil engineering.

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