Oklahoma State University honored some 3,500 seniors Saturday during four undergraduate commencement ceremonies in Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU held its Graduate College and Center for Veterinary Health Sciences graduation ceremonies on Friday.
During Saturday’s 137th OSU commencement, graduates heard from four accomplished alums. In addition, honorary degrees were presented to farmer and entrepreneur Cecil O’Brate and Grammy-winning soprano Leona Mitchell, both of Enid.
Banker, rancher, oilman and philanthropist Ross McKnight spoke to graduates from the College of Education, Health and Aviation, and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. McKnight graduated from OSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He and his wife Billie have been devoted donors to OSU.
Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President for Walt Disney World and founder of Lee Cockerell LLC, a business that specializes in leadership, management and customer service, addressed students from the College of Human Sciences and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
Patricia E. Walker, chief geoscientist for ExxonMobil Exploration Company, spoke to undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in geology from the Boone Pickens School of Geology at OSU.
Jennifer Grigsby, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ascent Resources, LLC, addressed students from the Spears School of Business in the day’s final ceremony. Grigsby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1991. She has actively served both the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association.
Also Saturday, OSU Center for Health Sciences held it commencement ceremonies in Tulsa. On Monday, both OSU-Oklahoma City and OSU-Tulsa will honor graduates.
Video replays of all commencements are available online here.