Coming this weekend will be caps, gowns, announcements and diplomas — and for some students, a chance to relax.

The University of Central Oklahoma will have four commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday for the different colleges within the university. Each ceremony will be at the Hamilton Fieldhouse.

Keith Koskie, who is graduating with a degree in math education, said graduation marks not only the end of a chapter in his life, but also a new beginning of a life that’s not quite as hectic.

“People ask me what it’s like to graduate, and my first thought is always ‘busy,’” he said.

Koskie spent the spring semester not only working full time as a student teacher, but also working to pay for his schooling. In addition, he’s expecting his first child in about three weeks. Koskie has accepted a conditional job offer with the National Security Agency as an applied research mathematician.

“I think that moving on to a career will free up some time,” he said. “Being a working student is just an incredible task. I’m glad to see it’s over, but sort of sad to see it go, too. It’s exciting, working on so many things all at once and doing well.”

Koskie was one of five UCO students named as class marshals, students who had the highest academic record in their particular college. Koskie is the marshal for the College of Mathematics and Science.

Rowynn Ricks, who was chosen as a class marshal for the College of Liberal Arts, is graduating with a major in English and minors in journalism and math. She also was president of the Residence Hall Association.

“I’m looking forward to graduation because it’s been a busy week,” she said. “Once that’s over, it’ll kind of slow down for me, which will be nice.”

Ricks, who spent part of Wednesday helping run an ice cream social for students who live in the residence halls, said it would be nice to be able to drop the busy student schedule.



Graduation schedule

College of Education and Professional Studies

Graduate

Reception: Friday, 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., main foyer of Education Building.

Graduation: Friday, 7 p.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.



Undergraduate

Reception: Friday, 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., main foyer of Education Building.

Graduation: Friday, 3 p.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.



College of Mathematics and Science

Reception: Friday, 4:30 p.m., Howell Hall atrium area.

Graduation: Friday, 7 p.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.



College of Business Administration

Reception: After ceremony in the College of Business Administration’s first-floor atrium.

Graduation: Saturday, 10 a.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.



College of Arts, Media and Design

Reception: Prior to ceremony in the Melton Gallery of UCO’s Art Building.

Graduation: Saturday, 2 p.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.





College of Liberal Arts

Reception: After ceremony on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building.

Graduation: Saturday, 2 p.m., Hamilton Fieldhouse.

“I’d love to be able to work and go home and be able to be done with everything,” she said.

The other three class marshals are Brooke Beougher, interior design major representing the College of Arts, Media and Design; Jake Brock, marketing major representing the College of Business Administration; and Stephanie Marie LeBlanc, elementary education major representing the College of Education and Professional Studies.

These five will lead the 1,857 students eligible to graduate this spring. The number marks an increase of 32 students from graduation for last spring and summer.

“Growth is a good thing for us,” said Charlie Johnson, UCO’s spokesman. “We want to make sure that we have sure and steady growth for the university.”

Johnson recommended people attending the commencement ceremonies arrive early, because seating in the Hamilton Fieldhouse can fill quickly.

“At all of our ceremonies, we have a full house,” he said. “Everybody wants to be there, and rightfully so.”

Besides the ceremony, there also will be a live video feed in the foyer of the fieldhouse with seating for those people unable to get inside the main area. There also will be parking available for people with disabilities near the fieldhouse, Johnson said.

UCO President W. Roger Webb will speak at all ceremonies and confer degrees on students.

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