The speakers for undergraduate and graduate commencements are finalized.
Both ceremonies will be May 6 in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.
The ceremony for undergraduate students will start at 11 a.m. The graduate ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Both are expected to last about an hour and a half.
Michelle Millben will be the speaker for the undergraduate class.
Millben is a university alumna who became the first OCU student to win Miss Black Oklahoma in 2005. She graduated the same year and received her bachelor’s degree in music performance with honors.
The speaker for the graduate class will be Dr. Melissa Hakman, associate professor and chairwoman of the psychology department.
Hakman was awarded the 2017 “Outstanding Faculty Award.” She is also the director of the Child Advocacy Studies Training Program at OCU.
Celin Romero will receive his honorary doctorate of musical arts. Romero is a world-renowned guitarist who began performing with his family members 59 years ago. Their band was described in 1996 as ‘The Three Tenors’ of the classical guitar by the Leipzig Volkszeitung.
Dylan Mobley, acting senior, said he didn’t know much about graduation.
“I haven’t heard much, in all honesty,” he said. “To be fair, I haven’t thought much about it. But it’ll be a culmination of these long four years.”
No tickets are needed for graduation. All students are invited to attend.
Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. The doors open at 9:45 a.m.
Students are encouraged to volunteer at the commencement ceremonies. Lunch will be provided between ceremonies for those who volunteer.
For more information on volunteering, email Debbie Craycraft, senior administrative assistant, at email@example.com.