Jolley to keynote OC summer commencement

Senator Clark Jolley
Senator Clark Jolley

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – State Senator Clark Jolley will deliver the keynote address at Oklahoma Christian University’s summer commencement ceremony this Friday.

OC will present 130 graduate degrees and seven undergraduate degrees at the ceremony, which starts at 10:30 a.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The 130 master’s candidates will receive degrees in 15 different areas of study through OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Graduate School of Theology.

The 46 recipients of OC’s master of business administration degree pursued one of eight tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, and project management. The Graduate School of Business also will present seven master of accountancy degrees.

The 40 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, and software engineering. The 36 recipients of the master of science in computer science graduate with a degree in software engineering.

The Graduate School of Theology has one candidate receiving a master of theological studies degree. The undergraduate candidates come from OC’s College of Business Administration, with majors in accounting, finance, general business, and international business.

Overall, the degree candidates come from a combined nine states (California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia) and six countries (China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Rwanda and Uganda).

Sen. Jolley, who also is an adjunct professor for OC’s MBA program, has served in the Oklahoma State Senate since 2004.

He was selected by his colleagues to serve as a whip and assistant majority floor leader. He has chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and the Select Committee on Redistricting.

Nationally, Sen. Jolley served several years as vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Education Committee, where he was a member of the Task Force on Dropout Prevention.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, 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.

The last 11 years have featured the 11 largest enrollments in OC history, highlighted by three records in the most recent academic year: 2,002 undergraduate students, 584 graduate students and 2,586 total students.