Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

900 to graduate May 10 at OCU


Oklahoma City University will award degrees May 10 to more than 900 students during two ceremonies in the Freede Wellness Center, at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue.

Former Governor George Nigh will give the commencement address during the undergraduate ceremony at 11 a.m., and music professor David Steffens, winner of the OCU Outstanding Faculty Award, will give the address during the graduate commencement at 3 p.m.

During the undergraduate ceremony, the university will bestow honorary degrees to Nigh and three others — United Methodist clergywoman Maggie Ball, Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson, and Bishop James E. Dorff of the Southwest Texas/Rio Grande Conferences — and will give the Servant Leadership Award to Cathy and Phil Busey, members of OKC-St. Luke’s UMC.

Nigh served four terms as governor and in other key state leadership roles. In 1953, he introduced legislation designating “Oklahoma!” as the official state song.

Rev. Ball is retiring after 30 years in ministry. She has served 10 years as vice president of OCU University-Church Relations. She will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from OCU in 1967, a Master of Divinity from Phillips Graduate Seminary in 1986, and was ordained an elder in the Oklahoma Conference in 1988. She has been Bartlesville District superintendent, associate director of Skyline Urban Ministry, chaplain at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, and minister of care at OKC-Church of the Servant.

The OCU School of Law will hold its graduation and hooding ceremony at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker.

— Contributed by the OCU Media Relations staff


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