The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that
25,500 students will earn college degrees this spring from state
higher education institutions.
Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in spring
2003 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions.
Official data for the 2002-2003 academic year will be available
The most popular fields of study among the estimated 7,400
students who will be receiving associate degrees are business,
general studies and nursing.
Business, education and psychology are the programs most
frequently selected by the estimated 12,700 students earning
An estimated total of 4,200 students will receive master's
degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in business and
Another 400 students will earn their doctorate degrees, while an
estimated 800 others will receive professional degrees in areas such
as law and medicine.
"They will play an integral role in helping shape Oklahoma's
economy for many years to come," said Chancellor Paul G. Risser.
Representatives from various fields will be among the
commencement speakers at this year's graduation ceremonies.
East Central University, Ada, will hold its commencement
ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 10 at the Kerr Activities
Center. ECU Distinguished Alumnus Kevin Turner, chief executive
officer and president of Sam's Club Division of Wal-Mart Stores,
will provide the commencement address.
Western Oklahoma State College in Altus will welcome Kermit
McMurry, vice chancellor for student services for the State Regents,
as its commencement speaker at 8 p.m. May 9 in the Herschel H. Crow
Fine Arts Auditorium. It will mark the 76th annual commencement at
the southwestern Oklahoma college.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University will hold its 104th annual
commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Ranger Field in Alva.
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., will give the commencement address.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, had
its spring graduation ceremony on Friday. J. Blake Wade, executive
director of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, was the speaker.
State Rep. Jari Askins, D-Duncan, will speak at Rogers State
University's graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. May 10 at the Claremore
Expo Center. This marks the 91st commencement for RSU and will
feature the university's second group of bachelor's degree
graduates. RSU was accredited as a four-year university in August
Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant will hold its
93rd annual commencement at 9 a.m. May 10 on Paul Laird Field. Sen.
Brad Carson, D-Okla., will be the speaker.
The University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, will hold four
separate commencement ceremonies over a two-day period inside
Hamilton Field House on the UCO campus. The first is scheduled for 3
p.m. May 9 for bachelor's degree graduates of the College of
Education, and the second is at 7 p.m. for master's degree graduates
from the College of Education and graduates from the College of
Mathematics and Sciences. The third ceremony begins at 9 a.m. May 10
for the College of Business Administration graduates, followed by
the 1 p.m. commencement for graduates of the College of Arts, Media
and Design and College of Liberal Arts.
Redlands Community College in El Reno will hold its 64th annual
commencement at 8 p.m. May 16 in the Redlands Field House. Phil
Moss, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs for the State
Regents, will give the address.
Former Oklahoma State Attorney General Mike Turpin will speak at
3 p.m. May 3 at the Enid branch of Northern Oklahoma College during
the institution's 97th commencement ceremony.
Rep. Larry Adair, D-Stilwell, speaker of the Oklahoma House of
Representatives, will be the guest speaker at Oklahoma Panhandle
State University's 80th graduation ceremony at 10 a. …