Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon will be the keynote speaker for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony on Monday, May 6 in The Pavilion at Expo Square.
“As a distinguished public servant, Speaker Shannon is an excellent choice to advise our newest graduates,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. “His leadership skills and commitment to service are qualities that our graduates can model for their own careers. We look forward to hearing about his experiences and honoring the graduating class of 2013.”
In January, Shannon made history when he became Oklahoma’s youngest speaker of the House at age 34. No stranger to firsts, Shannon was elected to the House in 2007 as the first Republican from District 62 and the first African-American elected to the legislature from southern Oklahoma.
Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Cameron University and holds a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He has been an active community leader and serves as a trustee of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lawton.
A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Shannon has served as chief administrative officer for Chickasaw Nation Enterprises and now operates a public relations consulting firm. He also worked as a field representative for former Congressman J.C. Watts and Congressman Tom Cole.
As a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Shannon has served as chairman of the Transportation Committee and deputy majority whip.
More than 600 OSU-Tulsa undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony. Douglas Henderson, director of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, will lead the graduation concert at 6:30 p.m. The processional will start at 7 p.m.
For more information about OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony, call 918-594-8164 or visit www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/graduation.