Eastern awards degrees to nearly 300 graduates during Commencement Ceremony May 8


WILBURTON, OK (May 11, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College awarded degrees to 297 graduates during its Commencement Ceremony May 8 in Wilburton. Commencement speaker Dr. Billye Givens, an Eastern alumnus and longtime faculty member, encouraged the Class of 2015 to share their knowledge and gifts during her remarks.

“Tonight, you have knowledge and skills that you didn’t have two years ago,” Givens said. “Your community, your state, your nation and your world need you more today than ever. Use the skills that you have now acquired and give your gift to leave the world better than you found it.”

Givens challenged the students to continue learning, wherever their next path leads them.

“Commencement is a milestone in your education process, but there is no graduating from learning,” she said. “Learning is a lifelong process and I hope that each of you will be a lifelong learner.”

Givens, who serves as Dean of the Language and Humanities Division, has taught at Eastern for 42 years. She is a graduate of Wilburton High School and Eastern. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University.

Eastern’s 297 graduates included 126 students who earned an associate of arts degree, 95 who earned an associate of science degree, 71 who earned an associate of applied science degree and five who earned one-year certificates of mastery.

Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have produced thousands of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that more than 33,400 students will earn degrees during the 2014-15 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities. Of those graduates, an estimated 10,700 will earn associate degrees with general studies, nursing and business listed as the most popular fields.

Business, nursing and biology were the programs most frequently selected by the projected 15,000 students earning bachelor’s degrees. An estimated 6,200 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, counseling and business. Projections show that approximately 500 students will earn doctoral degrees, while more than 1,000 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is truly a special time for the thousands of students earning a degree and graduating from our state’s public colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of our state, and the State Regents congratulate each one of them on this accomplishment and wish them the very best in all of their future career endeavors.”

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