OBU Confers Degrees on 75 Graduates

As they prepared to embark on new careers, Oklahoma Baptist University’s 75 winter graduates were reminded there is more to life than professional success.

“You are defined by more than what you do for a living,” said Dr. Shawna York, OBU assistant professor of chemistry, as she delivered the Commencement address. “You are here to enrich the world.”

<div style="width:125px; border: thin solid #006633; position:relative; float:left; margin-right:12px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-top: 8px;"><p style="text-align:left; margin: 12px; font-size: 8pt;"><A onclick="window.open('/content/article_pics/wc05/photo_large.html?pic=01','photo_large','height=392,width=524,resizable=yes,scrollbars=no,menubar=no,toolbar=no,personalbar=no,statusbar=no,locationbar=no,screenX=0,screenY=0,left=0,top=0');" style="cursor:pointer;">View the Winter Commencement<br>2005 Slideshow</a></p></div>Approximately 700 people, including OBU&rsquo;s faculty, attended the mid-year graduation exercises in OBU&rsquo;s John Wesley Raley Chapel Friday afternoon. York encouraged the graduates to use their education to serve others.

&ldquo;Our actions must reflect our values,&rdquo; she said, regarding the importance of meeting the needs of others. &ldquo;Recall the words of Jesus & whenever you&rsquo;ve done it for the least of these, you have done it for me.&rdquo;

&ldquo;To make a positive difference in the world, you must recognize the needs,&rdquo; York asserted. She noted recent statistical reports related to hunger and homelessness, and challenged the graduates to be advocates for meeting those needs.

&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve sought to impart to you a heart to care and a spirit to try to make the world a better place,&rdquo; said OBU President Mark Brister in his charge to the graduates at the conclusion of the ceremonies.

Two graduates were recognized for exemplary academic achievement, earning the academic distinction of summa cum laude. Those students, whose overall grade point average was at least 3.95 on a 4.0 scale, were Sara Gottschalk, a health, physical education and recreation major from Saint Louis, Mo.; and Megan Leann MacNair, a communication studies graduate from Jetmore, Kan.

OBU&rsquo;s fall semester concluded Dec. 15. The university&rsquo;s January Term starts Tuesday, January 3, and the spring semester begins Monday, January 30. OBU&rsquo;s spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel.