Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser.

OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Be ready for graduation with some valuable tips

Students prepare to receive their diplomas during the OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony last year.
Students prepare to receive their diplomas during the OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony last year.

The Class of 2015 will graduate during a ceremony on Monday at The Pavilion at Expo Square. Dr. Leigh Goodson, president of Tulsa Community College, will serve as keynote speaker for the institution’s 16th graduation ceremony.

To help make this exciting and busy day go smoothly for graduates, families and friends, follow these event tips:

  • If you or a guest will need special assistance because of a disability, including guests with wheelchairs or walkers, please call Troby Thompson in Student Disabilities Services at 918-594-8354 to make arrangements.
  • Seating is limited so families should arrive early. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
  • Coordinate a post-ceremony meeting point with family members.
  • Leave all personal items (purses, backpacks, etc.) at home or with a friend or family member.
  • Mortarboards are worn horizontally (parallel to the ceiling) with the point directly in the center front.
  • Tassels are worn on the right, front side of your cap until you receive your diploma (then change to the left, front side).
  • Graduate students should carry hoods over their right forearm during the processional.
  • When traveling to the Pavilion, avoid construction on I-244 and use the Harvard Avenue exit off the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Graduation Ceremony Schedule
5:15 p.m. Doors open
5:30-6:20 p.m. Graduate Check-in
6:30 p.m. Graduation Ceremony begins
7 p.m. Processional

The ceremony will be streamed live on OState.TV.

Pete’s Pet Posse coming to OSU-Tulsa, OSU-CHS

Rocky, one of Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dogs in Stillwater, recently visited OSU-Tulsa for the TCC President’s Luncheon.
Rocky, one of Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dogs in Stillwater, recently visited OSU-Tulsa for the TCC President’s Luncheon.

The OSU Pet Therapy Program – also known as Pete’s Pet Posse – will be making a second home at OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

First launched in Stillwater as a pilot program in 2013, the popular program is expanding to include OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS. The pet therapy dogs will be greeters and campus ambassadors and will be available for clinical or crisis situations.

“These dogs will take part in our recruiting efforts and will help students, faculty and staff relieve stress,” said Sandy Cooper, assistant vice president for human resources and coordinator of the Tulsa program. “The local program will be an additional wellness benefit for both Tulsa campuses.”

Eleven dogs and their owners are under consideration for Tulsa Pete’s Pet Posse. Those accepted for the program will be named by the end of May, she said.

To read the full story about Pete’s Pet Posse, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

Academy Central students to visit OSU-Tulsa for College Day

Academy Central Elementary sixth-graders will visit OSU-Tulsa tomorrow to learn the value of higher education.

About 30 elementary school students will be on campus to participate in College Day, an event consisting of career activities, health and wellness labs and more. Students will also tour OSU-Tulsa’s classrooms, library and computer labs and meet current students and alumni.

OSU-Tulsa hosts College Day each spring as an outreach effort to Academy Central Elementary, the university’s Partner in Education school.

Orange Pride


The Orange Pride award was established to recognize employee excellence among the OSU-Tulsa staff. The April recipient is Cindy Clark, business affairs coordinator in the Office of Budget and Finance. This monthly series spotlights Orange Pride recipients and lets you learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s outstanding employees.

What do you like best about working at OSU-Tulsa? I’ve been lucky to work with exceptional people throughout the years. I think my co-workers have helped me be a better person.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? I would like to pay it forward in some way. Maybe I could buy gas or groceries for several people on a given day or buy baby furniture for an expectant Mom - not because they need it but just to make them happy.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.

What do you like to do in your leisure time? Most important to me is spending time with my family. I have 10 grandchildren, so I enjoy being involved in whatever they are doing at the time. We also vacation together which makes it easy for me to find a beach along the way somewhere in the Caribbean or Cape Cod.

To nominate an OSU-Tulsa staff member for the Orange Pride award, complete the nomination form. Orange Pride recipients are selected each month and receive a framed certificate and $100.