NSU students prepare for spring commencement
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NSU students prepare for spring commencement

Published 4/27/18

Sydney Russell

TNE Writer

NSU students are preparing to walk across the ceremonial stage that they have long been waiting for. On that stage, graduates will ceremoniously receive their degrees.

“Graduating college is something I have always looked forward to,” said Hannah Waldrop, Poteau senior. “Even just last semester it has seemed so distant. Now that it is actually here, I am flooded with memories made throughout my college career. I am reminded of all the professors who selflessly worked with me and helped mold me into who I am today. This chapter is coming to an end, but the next one is just beginning. It is my turn to pay it forward and teach the future generations.”

Graduating seniors have already begun shopping for appropriate graduation regalia.

NSU has specific guidelines about the regalia that can be worn during the graduation ceremony. All dress and regalia must align with the Academic Costume Code of the American Council on Education. Regalia traditionally represents academic customs.

Pam Fly, academic affairs associate vice president, said decorated caps are not accepted because they can be disruptive during the ceremony. The exception to this regulation is that Native American students can adorn their caps with beading around the edges. Students are encouraged to buy an additional cap to decorate for keepsake pictures in which they can decorate however they want, as long as they do not enter the ceremony arena.

Stoles worn at graduation have regulations as well. This is the second year NSU has allowed students to submit stole requests to be allowed in the ceremony.

Dewayne Campbell, RiverHawk Shoppe general manager, said there is a new stole NSU offers. This stole is a gratitude stole worn during the graduation ceremony then presented to someone who has helped the student along the way including faculty, family, friends or spouses.

The stoles are white and allow graduates to write a message on the back before presenting them. Campbell said RiverHawk Shoppe keeps graduation gowns and caps in stock until the day of graduation.

The commencement speaker this year is 2017 Alumni Association Honoree, Kiemonn Jones.

Kiemonn Jones is a 1998 NSU graduate with a degree in journalism. During Jones time at NSU, she was a member of President’s Leadership Class, served on the Northeastern Activities Board, Northeastern Student Government Association and received Outstanding Senior recognition. After earning her first degree at NSU, Jones continued on at the University of Oklahoma. Jones was named an equity partner at the law firm of Riggs Abney, making her the first African American woman elected as an equity partner for a major Oklahoma law firm. Jones also serves as an associate municipal judge for the City of Tulsa.  In addition to practicing law, she teaches legal courses at Tulsa Community College and co-coaches the BLSA Thurgood Marshall mock trial team at the University of Tulsa, College of Law.

The Spring 2018 commencement ceremonies are Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th at the Northeastern State University Event Center in Tahlequah. The commencement ceremonies for the Broken Arrow Campus is Monday, May 7th at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa.

Times for each commencement ceremony can be found at https://offices.nsuok.edu/registrar/commencement.aspx.

To see all approved graduation regalia, visit https://offices.nsuok.edu/registrar/commencement.aspx


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