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Commencement Ceremony Program

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2023 at 10:30 AM



*PROCESSIONAL – Dr. Randy Thompson, Organist
INVOCATION – Jared Lee Hendren, Class 2023
WELCOME – Dr. Jim Dunn, President, Class of 1988
SCRIPTURE READING – Tristan Jacob Lujan, Class of 2023
STUDENT TESTIMONIAL – Sharon R. Willis, Class of 2023
OKWU CHAMBER SINGERS – “Bless the Lord,” Composed by Matt Redman

GRADUATE ADDRESS – Reverend Michael Skor, District Superintendent (PSWD), Class of 1991

Dr. Jim Dunn, President, Class of 1988
Dr. Keri Bostwick, Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, Class of 1998
Dr. Jessica Johnson,Dean, School of Health & Science

BE ONE SENT – Dr. Jim Dunn, President, Class of 1988

Dr. Keri Bostwick, Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, Class of 1998
Ashlynn N. Richey, Class of 2023

Sandra Kent, Alumni Association President, Class of 1992

BENEDICTION – Dr. Jessica Johnson, Dean, School of Health & Science

*RECESSIONAL – Dr. Randy Thompson, Organist

*Congregation please stand


Dr. Jim Dunn
President (Class of 1988)

Before joining OKWU as President in June 2019, Dr. Jim Dunn served as pastor and leader within The Wesleyan Church denomination. Most recently, he served as Vice-President of Church Relations at Wesleyan Investment Foundation. In addition, he has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and taught at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Wesley Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University. He has a BA from Bartlesville Wesleyan College (OKWU), an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Dunn and his wife, Wendy, have four children: Dr. Dunn has a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren, and Wendy has two daughters.

Dr. Keri Bostwick
Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs (Class of 1998)

Dr. Bostwick is a proud graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College with a BA in Secondary English Education and an M.Ed. (Oklahoma Wesleyan University). She earned an Ed. D. in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland in 2020. Dr. Bostwick was fortunate to work for Bartlesville Public Schools as a teacher and leader for seventeen years. She came to OKWU as a Professor of Education in 2013. She has also served as the M.Ed. Director, the Dean of Education and Exercise Science, and the Dean of Assessment and Accreditation. She was named Provost in the Summer of 2022. Dr. Bostwick is married to Michael and has three children: Jaxon, Cooper, and Georgia.

Reverand Michael Skor
District Superintendent-Pacific Southwest District (Class of 1991)

Reverand Skor leads the Pacific Southwest District of the Wesleyan Church, overseeing leadership for nearly 70 churches across four states. His education includes a BA from Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now OKWU) and an M.Div. from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Michael has been in pastoral and non-profit leadership for over 32 years, including four church plants. He serves as the OKWU Board of Trustees Secretary and chairs the Trusteeship Committee. Apart from his love for Jesus, Michael places a high priority and passion on his relationship with his beautiful wife, Kiley, and their two energetic boys, Brendon (December 2023 OKWU Graduate) and Ian (current OKWU student).

Graduating Class of 2023

  • Rabekah L. Benjamin – General Studies
  • Keelan Jack Bradley – General Studies
  • Misty D. Bryer – General Studies
  • Nikki Diane Buckner – General Studies
  • Charles R. Casella – General Studies
  • Madison Avery Cheatham – General Studies
  • Keri Kay Judy – General Studies
  • Cherokee Rica Kirk – General Studies
  • Blake Adam Lankford – General Studies
  • Jonathan Allen Liebman – General Studies
  • June Opal Elizabeth Murrain – General Studies
  • Sara Diane Rayner-Surrett – General Studies
  • Brad Joseph Robbins – General Studies
  • Sara Elizabeth Sauer – General Studies
  • Zachary Scott Tinsley – General Studies
  • Andre O. Valentine – Church Planting & Discipleship
  • Christine R. Walters – General Studies
  • Kelsey Dawn Yandle – General Studies
  • Amber Denise Bell – General Studies
  • Bryce Michelle Crawford – Technical Programs
  • Christian Mark Waters – Christian Ministry
  • Matthew Graham Denman – Liberal Studies
  • Diego Andres Navarro – Business
  • Daniel James Reimer – Global Studies
  • Brendon M. Skor – Digital Cinema
  • Alex Eniola Adeojo – Business
  • Caleb William Arnold – Organizational Management ^
  • Zachary Scott Baird – Accounting
  • Timothy J. Barnhart – Business Administration ^
  • Grace Anne Barrett – Sports & Recreation Leadership
  • Lucas Mark Bauer – Criminal Justice †
  • Andrew Isaiah Baughman – Pastoral Ministry
  • Ryan David Bridges – Business Administration ^
  • Robert Henry Clark – Business Administration
  • Mary Caroline Cone – Business Communications ➢
  • Betty B. Conger – Psychology Studies
  • Kristopher D. Dixon – Business Administration
  • Cullen Chastain Ferguson – Physical Education
  • Vanesa Fernandez – Accounting and Financial Services ➢
  • Matheus Da Silva Ferreira – Interdisciplinary Business
  • Hannah Lea Fiscus – Accounting ➢
  • Brittany Cherie Freel – Psychology Studies
  • Karmen J. Gardner – Psychology Studies ^
  • Hunter Michael Harris – Accounting and Mathematics
  • Tyler Allan Heck – Criminal Justice
  • Jared Lee Hendren – Financial Services ➢
  • Richand Paul Kyle Hoyte – Business ➢
  • Maegan Elisabeth Hubert – Business Administration
  • Canon Wesley Hunt – Interdisciplinary Business
  • Kevin Ray Ickleberry – Criminal Justice ^
  • James Wes Jordan – Business Administration
  • Brandon N. Kintz – Psychology Studies ^
  • Layla Rae Ledesma – Chemistry
  • Jennifer Sandwith Leib – Business Administration
  • Tristan Jacob Lujan – Accounting ➢
  • Kiley Macayle Mclemore – Criminal Justice
  • Tania Mocholi – Accounting ➢
  • Zachary Isrrael Moreno – Sports Management
  • Nancy Marie Nading – Business Administration
  • Nicole Sue Niblett – Psychology Studies
  • Collin James O’Grady – Financial Services ➢
  • Devin Matthew Payne – Organizational Management
  • Dylan Ryan Phillip – Sports & Recreational Leadership
  • Emily Rose Prather – Exercise Science Pre-Therapy
  • Ashlynn N. Richey – Business Administration ^
  • Gabriel Louis Sanches – Financial Services
  • Destiny Michelle Spangler – Psychology
  • Adam Gary Spencer – Accounting ➢
  • Andre Lamar Thomas – Ministry & Leadership
  • Kelsey Nicolle Tinsley – Psychology Studies ^
  • Ethan Kade Torrance – Exercise Science Pre-Therapy
  • Kristen Anderson Wendle – Psychology Studies
  • Jessica Erin Whiteside – Business Administration
  • Jonah P. Wolters – Biology
  • Laura Beth Doron
  • Tracy Yvette Gatling
  • Amanda Renee Long
  • Crystal Dawn Wehlage
  • Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Neto
  • Jason G. Floyd
  • Aaron Kyle Gerdes
  • James Mwangi Kairu
  • Payton Sanders Langley
  • Ignacio Andres Milla
  • Addyson Brooks Redd
  • Braden Michael Lee Schovanec
  • Michael John Teeling
  • Ashlyn Nicole Teran
  • Kori Beth White
  • Char Alese Wilson
  • Sidnie Marie Brown
  • Marissa RaDawn Buccella
  • Danielle Nicole Conrad
  • Deana Elizabeth Ransdell
  • Kenneth Edward Duane Schmidt
  • Angela Dawn Daniel
  • Desiree Elizabeth Gower
  • Jessica Ann Guest
  • Karen Annette Hays
  • Malissa Marie Lovrich

* First doctoral graduates in OKWU’s history

Dr. Stacy Rene Anders – Colbert, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Recognizing and Addressing Incivility and Bullying in the Workplace Among Nurses
Project Chair: Dr. Rosa Ketchum
BSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University; MSN, Walden University

Dr. Adeline D’Cruz Barber – Bixby, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Improving Early Detection of Breast Cancer in West Africa by Increasing Awareness and Promoting Screening
Project Chair: Dr. Becky Le
BSN, Oral Roberts University; MSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Dr. Rachelle L. Bauer – Owasso, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Implementing a Nurse Manager Residency Program: A Quality Improvement Project
Project Chair: Dr. Rosa Ketchum
BSN, University of Oklahoma; MSN, Northeastern State University

Dr. Monica L. Bowie – Bethany, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Using Prayer to Decrease Nurses’ Stress Levels and Improve Patient Outcomes
Project Chair: Dr. Jessica Johnson
BSN, Southern Nazarene University; MSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Dr. Sallee Brooke Jones – Sherman, TX
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Evaluating the Implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Training Program for Nursing Burnout: A Quality Improvement Project
Project Chair: Dr. Jessica Johnson
BSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University; MSN, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Belinda Reah Knox – Wichita, KS
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Personal Resilience Plan
Project Chair: Dr. Jessica Johnson
BSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University; MSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Dr. Dawn Cherie Lookout – Hominy, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Health Care Coaching Improves Glycemic Control in Older Adults Living in Rural Areas
Project Chair: Dr. Rosa Ketchum
BSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University; MSN, Oklahoma Wesleyan University; FNP, South University

Dr. Rebecca S. Poore – Broken Arrow, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Reduction of Birth Asphyxia and Related Complications in West Africa
Project Chair: Dr. Becky Le
BSN, Northeastern State University; MSN, Graceland University (Family Nurse Practitioner Tract)

Dr. Kristin Kody Smith – Tecumseh, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Reducing the Length of Stay in an Inpatient Unit
Project Chair: Dr. Jessica Johnson
BSN, Oklahoma City University; MBA, Oklahoma City University

Dr. Sharon R. Willis – Broken Arrow, OK
Direct Practice Improvement Project: Saving Lives with the Implementation of a Rapid Response System in West Africa
Project Chair: Dr. Becky Le
BSN, Oral Roberts University; MSN, Liberty University

Honors & Recognition

Undergraduate Honors | A graduate who has achieved a certain cumulative grade point average will receive honors recognition and a cord as follows:

Cum Laude 3.5 – 3.69 GPA
Associate’s: White Cord | Bachelor’s: Bronze Cord
Magna Cum Laude 3.7 – 3.89 GPA
Associate’s: Red Cord | Bachelor’s: Silver Cord
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 – 4.0 GPA
Associate’s: Blue Cord | Bachelor’s: Gold Cord

Veterans | Graduates of the US armed services are honored with red, white, and blue entwined honor cords.

Pareto Group | The Pareto Group is formed by the top traditional OKWU Chesapeake Energy School of Business students based on competency, character, and communication.

Lewis Fellowship | The Lewis Fellowship, sponsored by the OKWU Honors College, is a consortium of student scholars from multiple disciplines within the university. Its focus is the relation between Christ and culture. Graduates who have earned this honor are awarded a light blue cord.

Alpha Sigma Lambda | Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society that partners with colleges and universities to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education. OKWU’s chapter began in 2005. Graduates who have earned this honor are awarded an ivory stole with embroidered ASLHS script and crest. 

Sam’s Bell | To mark a new beginning, the OKWU Bell first rang during the 2019 Convocation, the ceremony signifying the start of the academic year. The bell, named in Sam Shannon’s memory, declares the grace of new beginnings in Christ. The honor of ringing the bell is given to one embodying the spirit and mission of the university.

After the ceremony, graduates will recess to the lower (west) grass open space to meet family and friends.

Learn more about OKWU Graduation.

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