The occasion is Commencement of Spring 2015.
The eight o’ clock ceremony is winding down as the students have already made their fateful dash across the stage and President Feaver has conferred their degrees with the authority vested in him by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
As the audience rises to join in singing the College Hymn, a familiar slender figure takes his place at a keyboard situated at the foot of the stage. Dr. Dan Hanson’s somber black robes can’t hide his irrepressible smile as the group song ends and he makes a quick adjustment to the keyboard. The familiar strains of Chad and Jeremy’s 1964 hit, “A Summer Song”, accompany the students on their long, slow walk out of the auditorium.
He holds the song’s final chord a moment longer than expected, signaling not only the end of the night’s festivities, but also the end of an era.
After 28 years of service to the university, Hanson has officially retired.
Nothing goes together like a hot Oklahoma summer and time spent at the lake or a pool. Parents can gain an added sense of comfort knowing that their children have learned the basics of water safety and swimming proficiency from an experienced professional.
Summer swim lessons for children begin June 2 in USAO’s indoor pool. Enrollment runs May 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in the foyer of the USAO Fieldhouse, located at 20th Street and Utah.
Oklahoma high school students ages 16 and up have an opportunity to learn about the Civil War while experiencing a taste of college life in an upcoming history camp at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The camp is scheduled for June 9 and 10.
At a regional conference recently, two students presented research made possible by recent gifts to bolster the science programs.
Oklahoma City resident Laura Bennett, who graduated at the end of the spring term with a degree in physics, and Dao Thong Lim, a physics and mathematics senior from Chickasha, traveled to Midwestern University on April 18 to present separate research on variable stars at the annual North Texas Area Student Conference.
More than 1,500 people attended Friday night’s commencement in two ceremonies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – the seventh time a two-ceremony schedule has been used to alleviate overcrowding in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.