OC presents degrees at winter commencement

Dr. Heath Jones
Dr. Heath Jones

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 182 graduate degrees and 92 undergraduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 16.

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates come from 17 states and five countries, and majored in 33 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and three countries and represent 15 graduate areas of study.

Graduation Day will feature two separate ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The morning ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from the Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Theology, plus bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The afternoon ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science and bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Liberal Arts.

OC professor of music Dr. Heath Jones will deliver the commencement address at both gatherings. Jones teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, world music, and jazz improvisation, and also directs OC’s Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band.

An OC graduate, Jones joined the university’s Department of Music in 2000. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and was named University Jazz Educator of the Year in 2008 and 2013.

He has performed and given master classes in Europe, China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. He has professional performance experience with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and many others. He recently released his third jazz album.

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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.