Area Universities, Colleges Planning Graduation Events

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Area colleges and universities are preparing for graduation events and hosting distinguished guest speakers in the coming weeks.

Tulsa Community College: Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center, 81st Street and Lewis Avenue. C. Michael Carolina, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, will address more than 1,000 TCC graduates. In addition to serving on the TCC faculty in the 1970s, Carolina held management and executive positions with Western Electric Co., AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

Oklahoma State University: Three undergraduate ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 5, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. The first ceremony is at 9:30 a.m., for the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Human Sciences; the second is at 1 p.m., for the College of Education and College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; and the third is at 4 p.m., for the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources and the Spears School of Business.

The commencement speaker for the first graduation ceremony is Vaughn O. Vennerberg, a 1976 OSU alumnus who was president and director of XTO Energy until its merger with ExxonMobil in 2010. He is one of the founding partners of Morning Star Partners, an oil and gas acquisition company.

Ken Robinson will address graduates at the second and third ceremonies. Robinson works with governments in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and is known for international development of education, creativity and innovation.

University of Tulsa: Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E. Eighth St. Roz Savage will deliver the commencement address. Savage is a British ocean rower and environmentalist who in 2006 completed a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean and in 2010 became the first woman to do a solo row across the Pacific Ocean.

Oral Roberts University: Film producer Ralph Winter will speak to ORU graduates at a 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, ceremony at the ORU Mabee Center. Winter has produced more than 25 films, including the X-Men trilogy and "Wolverine," Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," "Fantastic Four," and four of the "Star Trek" franchise films.

Rogers State University: Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, for graduates receiving associate degrees and at 1 p.m. for bachelor's degree candidates, both at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 S. …