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Seniors prepare for winter graduation ceremony next week

While Oklahoma Christian University students prepare for finals next week and the upcoming Christmas break, the class of 2018 winter graduates are getting ready to complete their college careers.

Graduation will conclude the fall semester at Oklahoma Christian and take place Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. with one commencement ceremony in Hardeman Auditorium.

Associate Registrar Karen Driskill said there are 76 undergraduate candidates and 68 graduate candidates.

Driskill said the registrar works on clearing and posting degrees as soon as grades are posted, and it may take six to eight weeks for the diplomas to arrive to graduates. All holds must be cleared before a diploma is released. Students can request official transcripts online.

“I would suggest that they begin ordering those transcripts next week and be sure to request to hold the transcript until the degree is posted,” Driskill said.

Senior Emily Miller, graduating with a degree in English, said she is moving back to Michigan after graduation and getting married. Miller said preparing for graduation and a wedding while maintaining her mental health made the last several months hectic.

“I would say the thing that kept me sane was surrounding myself with supportive people who encouraged me to keep pushing through,” Miller said.

According to Miller, she has a few job offers lined up for nonprofit companies and is still deciding which one is the best fit for her.

“No matter which job I pick, I am so excited to call Detroit the city that I love and cherish,” Miller said. “I am so blessed to be able to work in a city that holds such importance to me.”

Miller said she believes Oklahoma Christian prepared her well for her future career, especially through the Language and Literature department.

“The best skill I have developed—particularly from the English department—has been the ability to think critically about situations,” Miller said. “My English classes also challenged me to think about different perspectives of lives different than my own.”

Since Miller is not from Oklahoma, she said college has been difficult with no family in the same state as her, in addition to moving here for four years knowing almost no one. Her mother and godmother, however, are flying down to see her graduate.

“The hardest part has been performing in concerts or being in a musical without seeing my family there in the audience for me after,” Miller said. “To say I am excited for my mom to be at my graduation is a severe understatement. There are no words that can truly describe the feeling I will have knowing that my mom will watch me walk across that stage.”

Undergraduates and their escorts will line up in Judd Theater at 1:45 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the commencement ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Oklahoma Christian’s Eagle Media will live stream the ceremony online for family and friends who cannot attend. For more information, students should visit Oklahoma Christian’s website.

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