OU professor and EOSC alumnus Dr. Grady C. Wray to deliver keynote address at Eastern's Commencement


WILBURTON, OK (April 25, 2014) – Dr. Grady C. Wray will return to his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House in Wilburton.

Approximately 300 Eastern graduates are eligible to participate in this year’s ceremony. The event will begin with a Commencement Celebration picnic at 5 p.m. in the amphitheatre outside the Student Center. The meal is free to students and their family and friends.

Wray graduated with honors from Eastern in 1984. He is the son of the late Johnnie Wray, a longtime speech and debate instructor at Eastern. Last year, the college named a renovated theatre in Pratt Hall in her honor.

Wray is currently an associate professor of Latin-American Literature and Spanish at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches graduate courses in colonial Latin-American literature, as well as undergraduate courses in Spanish conversation and Latin-American literature.

He joined the faculty of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at OU in 2000. During his career, he has won numerous teaching awards including the Longmire Prize, the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award and the University of Oklahoma Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching. He is also a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award recipient.

Wray earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from OU and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington.

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