ConocoPhillips engineer to deliver keynote address at Eastern Commencement on May 6


WILBURTON, OK (April 25, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College alumnus Edward G. Stokes will return to his alma mater as the keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House in Wilburton.

Approximately 300 students are eligible to participate in the 2016 Commencement Ceremony. The event will begin with a celebratory picnic at 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind the Student Center. Graduates’ friends and family are invited to join them for this free meal.

A 1972 Eastern engineering science graduate, Stokes has had an illustrious career in the oil and gas industry. He has worked for ConocoPhillips since 1976, holds two field-related patents and has published 15 technical papers on production and marine engineering topics which he has presented in six countries.

Stokes currently serves as Marine Project Manager of the Alaska LNG Project, an unincorporated joint venture among ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. Once approved, this will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world with an estimated capital expenditure between $45 and $65 billion.

In addition to his educational and professional achievements, Stokes and his wife, Claudia, are active members of the Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX where he serves as a deacon and usher.

After graduating from Eastern, Stokes transferred to Oklahoma State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and later earned an MBA from Houston Baptist University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was inducted into the Eastern Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

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