Inaugural OBU Graduate School Cohort Completes Degrees

A dozen graduate students will be honored at the inaugural graduation ceremonies for the Oklahoma Baptist University International Graduate School on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.

The students have completed requirements for the OBU-IGS master of business administration degree. The graduation ceremonies will be in the church's Louise Prichard Chapel, located at the corner of 11th and Harvey in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend the ceremonies in the church's chapel.

OBU's International Graduate School (IGS) program is conducted one night per week for 18 months, structured around a cohort system in which participants begin and end the program in a pre-determined sequence of courses with the same group of students. The graduates are part of the program's first cohort of students, which began the program in February 2007.

Jeremie Kubicek, a 1993 OBU alum who helped launch the graduate school, will give the commencement address. Kubicek, who lives in Duluth, Ga., is president and CEO of Giant Impact and co-founder of Giant Partners. Cohort graduate Andrew Ranson will present special music.

Students graduating at Saturday's ceremony include Matt Boston, Edmond, Okla.; Kevin DeShazo, Oklahoma City; Ron Duggins, Stillwater, Okla.; Penny Dunaway, Shawnee, Okla.; Michael Hargrove, Oklahoma City; Amanda Hayes, Edmond; Eric Jordan, Choctaw, Okla.; Kenneth Massey, Palm Harbor, Fla.; Andrew Ranson, Stillwater; Mac Swindell, Piedmont, Okla.; Shryln Treadwell, Oklahoma City; and Mike Williams, Edmond.

"Only 18 short months ago, a dynamic and diverse group of young professionals joined OBU's inaugural MBA cohort on a journey to improve their careers, change their lives, and impact the world," said Dr. Deborah Blue, OBU senior vice president for academic affairs. "To hear their stories, their minds have been stretched and their faith has grown through the challenges they have faced personally, professionally and academically. They have bonded as a group in ways that they could never have imagined, resulting in friendships that will last a lifetime.

"It is with great anticipation and pride in work well done that I look forward to celebrating the culmination of their hard work at the graduation exercises for this first MBA class of OBU's International Graduate School," she said.

OBU-IGS courses are offered at 111 N. Harrison in downtown Oklahoma City. In addition to the MBA degree program, the university launched a new master of science degree program in nursing last month. More information about OBU's International Graduate School is available at