Graduate schools to award degrees at summer ceremony

Dr. Phil Lewis
Dr. Phil Lewis

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Engineering will honor 57 degree candidates on Aug. 17.

OC’s annual summer commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The Graduate School of Business will grant 43 master of business administration degrees to candidates from eight different countries.

Graduates earned their MBA degrees in general business or in one of nine specializations – accounting, e-commerce, finance, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.

Fourteen candidates from five different countries will receive master of science in engineering (MSE) degrees from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering. The graduates specialized in electrical/computer engineering or in engineering management.

This class includes the 100th graduate in the history of the MSE program, which began in 2009.

Phil Lewis, dean of Oklahoma Christian’s College of Professional Studies, will be the commencement speaker.

Lewis’ business leadership experience includes work in retail clothing sales, management, and banking. His consulting experience includes conducting numerous workshops and seminars for business, industry, education, religious groups, and government in the areas of ethics, leadership, organizational communication, and strategic visioning.

He wrote the books From Boardroom to Whiteboard: A New Generation of Leadership, published by Tate Publishing, and Transformational Leadership: A New Model for Total Church Involvement, published by Broadman and Holman, in addition to four children’s books.

He also has written more than 100 articles and papers for various publications and professional organizations. He is active in the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, is a past national officer in ACBSP, and recently concluded a term as president for ACBSP Region 6. He also is a member of the Southwest Business Deans Association and the Christian Business Faculty Association.

Oklahoma Christian recently announced it will launch a master of accountancy degree program this spring in response to market demand and record graduate enrollment. OC had an all-time high 361 graduate students last year.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian will now offer five graduate degrees: a Master of Accountancy; Master of Business Administration; Master of Arts in Ministry; Master of Divinity; and Master of Science in Engineering.