Dr. Britton to speak at Commencement ceremony

 

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

 

Cynthia Chavez, a Liberal Arts student, looks forward to graduating and moving on to the next level of her education. Photo by Jennifer Byrd.

Cynthia Chavez, a Liberal Arts student, looks forward to graduating and moving on to the next level of her education. Photo by Jennifer Byrd.

The 2013 Commencement ceremony will be 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 at First Southern Baptist Church located at 6400 S. Sooner Road in Oklahoma City. The seating is open to the public on a first come basis. Degree candidates are asked to arrive no later than 6 p.m. and report to the rooms assigned to their division to begin lining up at 6:45 p.m. The procession will begin at 7 p.m. and humanities professor Emily Robinson will play pomp and circumstance as faculty and graduates file in.

This year’s ceremony will feature two performances from the RSC choir, led by professor Tracey Gregg-Boothby. An award in Excellence in Teaching will also be presented at the ceremony to a faculty member chosen by committee.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Terry Britton, who will retire on June 30 as president of the college.

Graduates will be receiving packets in the mail with more details on graduation. These will include room assignments, a map to the church as well as a map of the inside of the church to help find designated rooms. Name cards, tassels and medallions will be handed out upon arrival in the assigned room.

Phi Theta Kappa members will wear a PTK stole and tassel. Assistance in purchasing these items can be found with PTK advisors Caryl Gibbs and Suzanne Thomas.

A student reception will take place at the church immediately following the ceremony.

Grad fairs were held in the bookstore and students who missed those opportunities to order caps and gowns can visit the bookstore to make arrangements for graduation apparel.