OC presents bachelor’s, master’s degrees

Aug 10, 2017

  • Dr. Jody Jones
Dr. Jody Jones

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 114 graduate degrees and 26 undergraduate degrees at its summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 18. The ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The degree candidates come from nine states and 11 countries, and represent 16 different graduate disciplines and 19 undergraduate majors. This includes five students receiving two degrees through the combination bachelor’s/master’s program in OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science.

The 20 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering management. OC also has 16 students graduating with master of science in computer science degrees, all with an emphasis in software engineering.

The 66 recipients of OC’s master of business administration degree pursued one of eight MBA tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resource management, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management. Four students will graduate with a degree from OC’s master of accountancy program.

The Graduate School of Theology has three graduates: one with a master of divinity degree and two with a master of theological studies degree.

The undergraduate degree candidates come from OC’s College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The commencement speaker will be Jody Jones, an associate professor of business finance who teaches undergraduate classes as well as in OC’s Graduate School of Business.

Each year, he leads a spring trip to New York City, where OC students interact with Wall Street leaders and learn best practices in investment management.

In 2013, he helped launch an undergraduate actuarial science program, which prepares OC students to excel in one of the nation’s top-rated professions.

Jones, who will serve as president of OC’s Faculty Association this year, has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, an MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, and a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University.

He has led study abroad trips to Europe and Asia for OC’s Office of International Programs, and also serves on the finance committee at Wilshire Church of Christ.

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 during the 2016-17 academic year with 2,600 students enrolled. 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, healthcare administration, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.