On Friday, May 13, the University of Oklahoma family will gather in celebration of the OU Class of 2022 at the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium!
With students turning their tassels, graduates will officially join ranks of our global OU alumni network — Sooners who came before them and proved their dedication, commitment, and excellence to the University. This year, OU's Commencement speaker is David Brooks, a best-selling author and New York Times Op-Ed columnist.
"As one of the top public intellectuals of our time, in his writings David Brooks inspires us to build community and seek a life of purpose,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “His deep reflections on society and culture — our values, the importance of personal relationships, defining true happiness and joy — are timely messages for our graduates as they set out on the next chapter of their lives.”
To celebrate our students, we collected the stories of eight students from across campus! Read on to see what opportunities await at the University!
From Tulsa, OK
Post-grad prospects: Accepted a position as a Field Manager 1 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for History Maker Homes beginning in July
“I’ve had a wonderful time at OU, I’ve been involved in so many things and created wonderful events for the women in my field. I have made lifelong friends here as well as lifelong mentors.”
From Hinsdale, IL
Post-grad prospects: Moving to Fort Myers, Florida to begin work in June as a bilingual, weekday meteorologist for WINK News
“OU truly has such a unique family spirit that is hard to find anywhere else. I really find it to be the best of both worlds: being a medium-sized school, there are big sports and events to experience but you also develop a close-knit community within your degree program and on campus in general. People are incredibly friendly and there are so many student organizations that allow everyone to foster a community where they feel true to themselves.”
Accounting, accelerated bachelor's & master’s degree
From Anambra State, Nigeria
Post-grad prospects: Resume full-time employment in July as a tax accountant with Ernst & Young LLP’s Oklahoma City office
“Graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the span of four years is something I never thought I could do. These degrees are proof that nothing is impossible for me. My degree is significantly valuable to me, and I have faith that I will have several opportunities because of my background and ties to OU Price College of Business.”
Journalism, Public & Nonprofit Administration
From Allen, TX
Post-grad prospects: Accepted a position as a Leadership Associate at Village Church in Flower Mound, TX
"People talk about college being the best four years of your life, and it is really special in a lot of ways, but the best years of our lives are when we get to build that deeper relationship and really get to do intimate life with one another that’s special. I’m really glad that I got to learn that here, and I want to bring a little bit of the University of Oklahoma wherever I go."
International Studies, Supply Chain Management
From Ciudad Real
Post-grad prospects: Earning his MA in International Studies from OU
"Here, you have the whole world in your hands. We have an entire department dedicated to international students with activities and a desire to build community."
From Flower Mound, TX
Post-grad prospects: Moving to Dallas, Texas to work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as a research scientist on the F-35 Team
“Engineering is not yet a diverse field of study, so being a Black woman who has earned this degree means a lot. This degree is not just a symbol of my hard work, but also the hard work of the Black women who came before me and made it possible for me. This is a symbol that those after me can also do it!”
Post-grad prospects: Accepted an FF&E specialist position at an architectural firm, Gensler, at their Dallas location, which is set to begin in July
“The stress that you must overcome, the nights you stay up, and the tears you shed are all going to help you become the best version of yourself. Along the way, you are going to meet incredible people and make lifetime friends.”
Religious Studies, honors
From Westerville, OH
Post-grad prospects: Continuing studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum and completing prerequisites required for priesthood
“For me, graduating is a surreal experience. Maybe it’s because I’m graduating in just three years, but I’m excited to have a degree. I still find it crazy that I moved to the middle of the country for a few years — I wouldn’t change it for the world.”