OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 96 graduate degrees at its summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 16.
The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Live video of the ceremony will be streamed online at www.oc.edu/live.
The degree candidates come from eight states and 12 countries, and represent a combined 13 areas of study in OC’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Engineering.
The candidates include Innocent Kabandana, who will receive his master of business administration degree. Kabandana, who serves as brigadier general for the nation of Rwanda, is the highest-ranking military official ever to graduate from Oklahoma Christian.
Overall, the 71 recipients of OC’s MBA degree pursued one of nine tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resources, human resources management, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.
The 25 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, general engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Mickey Cowan, a professor of accounting at Oklahoma Christian, will serve as Saturday’s commencement speaker. He has more than 40 years of classroom and practical experience in the accounting field, including 14 years as a professor at Oklahoma Christian.
Cowan holds three accounting degrees from Oklahoma State University and has been a practicing certified accountant for 35 years. He has developed and taught CPE courses for groups such as the Chickasaw Nation, East Central Continuing Education, Kerr-McGee, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Propane Dealers of Oklahoma.
He has worked as an auditor for Crawford and Associates, executive director for the East Central University Foundation, Inc., and consultant for Bridge Enterprise Consultants, LLC. He is a frequent speaker on ethics for various organizations, including the state auditor of Oklahoma and the OSCPA.
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 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.
The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 455 graduate students and 2,424 total students in the latest academic year.