Stafford North to speak at OC’s spring commencement

Dr. Stafford North
Dr. Stafford North

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Stafford North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker for the spring commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) this Friday, April 24.

Oklahoma Christian will present 265 undergraduate degrees and 78 graduate degrees in two ceremonies.

The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will feature graduates from OC’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from OC’s College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, and College of Engineering and Computer Science, as well as master’s candidates from the university’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering, and Graduate School of Theology.

Both events will be held on campus in the Payne Athletic Center.

The undergraduate degree candidates, including 27 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 26 states and nine countries. They majored in a combined 51 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian.

The master’s degree candidates come from four states and eight countries, and represent 15 graduate areas of study.

North, a distinguished professor of Bible, is retiring this spring after 61 years at Oklahoma Christian. He first joined the school’s faculty in 1952, and also served as OC’s academic dean and executive vice president.

He played a key role in the development of Oklahoma Christian’s campus and its facilities, from the school’s 1958 move to Oklahoma City up through 1995, when he transitioned from administration to fulltime teaching.

As an educational technology pioneer, North made Oklahoma Christian a hub for college administrators and professors from around the nation who wanted to learn more about the use of technology in college instruction.

North also has preached throughout the United States and abroad since 1948. He has served as an elder at Memorial Road Church of Christ since 1972. He and his wife Joanne have four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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.