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OU Graduation feature of former graduates and faculty celebrating their accomplishments

2022 Graduate Stories

As we enter the final stages of the spring semester of 2022, we are highlighting seven students spanning multiple colleges and hailing from different places. Each student, with their own unique story and diverse background, share one thing in common -- the University of Oklahoma. Learn more about each graduate to get a glimpse about the experiences of an OU student. 

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson

College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences | Doctorate, Geography and Environmental Stability

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson’s perseverance earns her a doctorate

The journey to earning a doctoral degree may have come with challenges, but the moment Aparna heard her name called for hooding during OU’s Spring Commencement, the hard work and sacrifices made were all worth it. Now a graduate from the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences with a Doctorate in Geography and Environmental Stability, the possibilities for Aparna to continue working on her passions are endless.

See Aparna's Story

Ismael Carmona Casado

Ismael Carmona Casado

David L. Boren College of International Studies | International Studies
Price College of Business | Supply Chain Management

Ismael Carmona Casado's World Journey

Learn about graduate Ismael Carmona Casado – an international studies and supply chain management student who came to OU via the United World College Davis Scholars program. Carmona Casado hails from Spain and has traveled the world as a young student. His experiences provide valuable perspective on the school for other international students who call OU home.

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Reagan Collins

Reagan Collins

College of Allied Health | Masters in Occupational Therapy

Reagan Collins Uses Her New Skills to Help Others

Meet Reagan Collins, a Tulsa native who discovered a passion for Occupational Therapy in high school. Not content to spend all her time in the classroom, Reagan put her skills to work early: first as an Albert Schweitzer fellow developing a program to help adults with disabilities learn about eating better with adaptive kitchen implements, then in Kenya to help develop wheelchair modifications for children. She graduates this year with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

See Reagan's Story

Ghazal Ghazi

Ghazal Ghazi

Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences | Master of Library and Information Studies

Ghazal Ghazi is a Librarian and Artist

Ghazal Ghazi is accustomed to wearing multiple hats. Her love of libraries led her to a job with the Tulsa City-County Library system, then, concurrently, to earn her Masters in Library and Information Science at OU-Tulsa. All this with an eye on another passion: art. This summer, she'll intern at the Library of Congress and after that... the sky is the limit.

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Ramona Gibson

Ramona Gibson

College of Law  |  MLS, Energy

Ramona Gibson's Determination Leads to Online M.L.S

Ramona Gibson's story is a wonderful example of never letting life keep you from your goals. Gibson is an energy law master's student utilizing OU's online legal studies program. Her positive outlook on life and refusal to see anything other than a blessing helped propel her to professional and academic success.

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Rob Kaiser

Rob Kaiser

Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education | Doctor of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision

Rob Kaiser Takes His Education Back to School

Meet Rob Kaiser, a Tulsa transplant who found his calling in the classroom. Now the principal of Monroe Demonstration Academy in Tulsa, Rob earned his Master’s degree at OU-Tulsa and graduates this year with a Doctorate in Education... with a little help from his Monroe family.

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Parker Primrose

Parker Primrose

Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences | BA, Public & Nonprofit Administration
Gaylord College of Journalism | BA, Journalism

Parker Primrose is the definition of Sooner Born, Sooner Bred

Coming from Allen, Texas, Parker follows in the footsteps of his family members creating an OU legacy of his own double majoring in public and nonprofit administration and journalism, ​as well as through his involvement in various on-campus organizations and activities leaving a profound impact on the lives of many. 

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Isaiah Pugh

Isaiah Pugh

Gallogly College of Engineering  |  Computer Science

Isaiah Pugh Finds His Future

Meet Isaiah Pugh – a local student from Moore, OK whose journey through OU reminds us that it is normal to find yourself during college. Pugh's determination and ability to bounce back from adversity helped him learn new skills that he will use in his career field following graduation.

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Joshua Riesenberg

Joshua Riesenberg

Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts  |  Music

Music Chose Me

Meet Joshua Riesenberg, a senior hailing from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts graduating with a degree in music. Like many students experiencing college for the first time, Riesenberg was unsure as to what path he should follow. Despite that unsureness, music was always in the periphery for Riesenberg with his background going back to childhood. Fortunately, his passion ultimately drove him to success during his career at the University of Oklahoma.

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Lauren Riggs

Lauren Riggs

Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences  |  Human Relations

Lauren Riggs' Heartfelt Cause to Help Others

Lauren Riggs is a human relations major graduating from the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences. She initially came to OU with a passion for helping others in a direct way. Riggs' world was changed forever following her diagnosis with Friedreich's Ataxia prior to her senior year. The revelation of having a rare hereditary disorder did not deter Riggs, rather it inspired her to pursue her new-found cause to help others.

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