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Due to safety and health concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate its December 12 Fall Commencement in a virtual format.
“The health and well-being of our students, their families, faculty and staff continues to be our top priority,’’ said Southeastern President Thomas Newsom.
“Unfortunately, holding large, in-person gatherings such as commencement are not advisable, according to health officials. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate this accomplishment in person, we believe this decision is in the best interests of the University.’’
The SOSU 2020 Commencement Reimagined will go live on the Southeastern website homepage www.se.edu on Saturday, December 12, at 10 a.m.
The event will include pre-recorded comments from President Newsom; Vice President for Academic Affairs Teresa Golden, who will read the names of the honor graduates; Vice President for Student Affairs Liz McCraw, who will read the names of all other graduates; and Alumni Association President Andrea Rogers Mersiovsky.
Also, the University will be recognizing the graduates in a unique way online. Each graduate will have their own webpage where family, friends, and the University community can post written and video messages of congratulations.
Photos and other information may also be uploaded to the webpages, and graduates will be able to share the site and photos through various social media platforms.
Following are the candidates for graduation, listed by permanent hometown in Atoka County:
• Amber E Frazier, Dustin Lee White, Emily Dawn Williams-Russell, Gaebrielle Bradford, Kimberly Joann Coffee-Canler, Lindsey Dawn Florence, Raven Destiny Greenwood, Rose A Shannon, Shanee Corrine McGuire, and Stacie Michelle Mahaffey
• Mikaela Rachelle Hooper-Neal
• Shelly Renae Simpson
• Jenna Morgan Pebworth
• Katelyn Elizabeth Self
• Kristyn Adara Kennedy