OC to award degrees at spring commencement

Apr 27, 2018

Oklahoma Christian University will award more than 400 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its spring commencement April 27. Commencement will be presented in two ceremonies in the Payne Athletic center; the first begins at 10:30 a.m., and the second begins at 2:30 p.m.

In the morning ceremony, OC will award degrees to students from the College of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts. OC will award degrees in the afternoon ceremony to students from the College of Bible, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Graduates will include residents from Burundi, China, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Grenada, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Palau, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and the U.S.

The master’s degree graduates are from OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science and Graduate School of Theology.

The commencement speaker for both ceremonies is Margaret L. Carter. She is the first African-American woman to be elected to the Oregon Legislature. She served as a state representative from 1985-1997 and as a state senator from 2000-2009. Carter was chosen as the chair of the Oregon Democratic Party in 1996, and she was elected Senate President Pro Tempore in 2005.

While in office, Carter helped create the state’s budget and passed a bill that made Martin Luther King Jr. Day an official holiday in the state. Another bill she wrote required the state to divest from any investments in apartheid-governed South Africa. She also helped create regional skills-training centers in Oregon; for this work, the Portland Community College named one of its recent technology buildings in her honor.

Carter also worked for 27 years as a counselor and faculty member at PCC. Carter served as the deputy director of Oregon's Department of Human Services from 2009-2014, and she now serves as CEO of Martha Carter and Associates. Carter’s life and success has been driven by her deep faith in Jesus, and she enjoys spending her free time with her nine children, 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.