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Eastern celebrates 300 graduates during Commencement Ceremony May 9

5/9/2014

WILBURTON, OK (May 9, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College celebrated 300 graduates during its Commencement Ceremony May 9 in Wilburton. Commencement speaker Dr. Grady Wray, an Eastern alumnus, challenged the Class of 2014 to continue their desire to learn during his remarks.

"Tonight is all about you. Where will you go? Where will you continue? What contribution will you make?” Wray asked the graduates. “I encourage you to continue your education whatever that may be after Eastern Oklahoma State College. Whether you continue to complete a four-year education, a master’s degree or doctorate, whether you begin to work immediately in a profession where your associate degree helps you to become a better member of society, it’s now all up to you to begin, to commence, to continue to learn.”

Wray also advised graduates not to let their goals get in the way of other opportunities.

“There’s nothing wrong with having goals. But if you only see the goal, you may never see the other opportunities that are on your path that may lead you to better goals,” Wray said.

Wray graduated with honors from Eastern in 1984 and currently serves as an associate professor of Latin-American Literature and Spanish at the University of Oklahoma. 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.

Eastern’s 300 graduates included 138 students who earned an associate of arts degree, 87 who earned an associate of science degree, 66 who earned an associate of applied science degree and 9 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 32,500 students will earn degrees during the 2013-14 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities. Of those graduates, an estimated 10,300 will earn associate degrees with general studies, nursing and business listed as the most popular fields.

The most popular fields of study among the estimate 16,500 students earning a bachelor’s degree are business, education and nursing. An estimated 4,700 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, business and counseling. Projections show that 400 students will earn doctoral degrees, while approximately 480 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased to see so many students graduating from Oklahoma colleges and universities. This is truly a special time for these students,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of our state. The State Regents congratulate each one of them for this significant accomplishment and wish them the very best in all of their future career endeavors.”

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