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May 3, 2013

Cowley College to hold 90th Commencement on May 4


A total of 579 students will be candidates for graduation Saturday, May 4 when Cowley College holds its 90th Commencement exercises.

The Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4 inside W.S. Scott Auditorium. A reception for graduates, family members and friends will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center.

Three hundred and thirty five of the students are expected to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Along with the conferring of degrees, college alumnus Jack King will be presented with this year’s Outstanding Tiger Alumnus Award. Mr. King is a 1953 graduate of Cowley College.

The featured speaker is Melinda Neal, who is Cowley College’s Endowed Chair and an instructor in the Natural Science Department. Neal will also be recognized for being named the recipient of the 2012 Paul Stirnaman Award.

Director of Education Julie Rhoads and MICT instructor Malachi Winters will also be recognized and will be honored in late May as Excellence Award recipients at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas.

Members of Cowley’s Student Senate will address the class. Katey Hubler sophomore political science major from Ponca City, OK, served as Student Senate president during the 2012-2013 academic year. While, Brittany Swopes, a sophomore liberal arts major from Newkirk, OK, served as Student Senate vice president.

Students listed in the official Commencement program on Saturday, May 4 are candidates for the associate of arts degree, the associate degree of applied science, the associate degree of general studies, the associate degree of science, or the college certificate.

The students include summer 2012 graduates through summer 2013 graduates.  Students who graduated last summer and last December have received their diplomas. May 2013 graduates will receive their diplomas in June.

The Sid Regnier Bookstore at 207 W. Fifth Ave. will be open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4.

Individuals requiring special seating at Commencement should plan to arrive no later than 9:40 a.m. or call 441-5599 in advance.