The University of Oklahoma will honor the class of 2014 and award-winning meteorologist Gary England, during its annual Ring Ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the courtyard of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. England also was selected to serve as parade marshal for OU’s Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26.
England is credited with saving countless lives and properties with his steady, measured reporting during severe storms in Oklahoma. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including three Emmys and the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Heartland Division. He is Oklahoma's top rated television meteorologist and a graduate of OU with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and meteorology. He is an internationally noted authority in severe weather and holds the distinction of being the person who implemented with Enterprise Electronics, the world's first commercial Doppler radar.
“Gary England is known across America as one of the most outstanding meteorologists in our nation,” said OU President David L. Boren. “We are proud that he is a Sooner!”
The OU ring was adopted because of a student initiative to create a symbol that would capture the true essence of the university’s history and tradition. The OU ring honors graduating seniors and alumni from all classes, highlights students’ commitment to higher education, and recognizes the heritage of the OU community.
In the event of rain, the ring ceremony will be held in Beaird Lounge in Oklahoma Memorial Union.
For additional information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call OU Public Affairs at (405) 325-3784.