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April 13, 2001

RSU Commencement Ceremony May 12 at Claremore Expo Center

Brad Carson, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the second district of Oklahoma, will address candidates for degrees at Rogers State University's annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

This year, a day full of graduation events on the RSU campus will culminate with the university's commencement ceremony at the Claremore Expo Center.

Commencement 2001 will mark RSU's 89th graduation ceremony.

At 11 a.m., RSU honor students will be recognized at the university's annual Honors Banquet at Post Hall.

At 1 p.m., the RSU Nurse Pinning Ceremony will be held at RSU's Will Rogers Auditorium.

Also at 1 p.m., the RSU Paramedic Technology Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Commons Area of the Health Sciences Building.

At 2 p.m., a reception will be held for all graduates and their family and friends on the RSU lawn between Meyer Hall and Thunderbird Library. Rain location will be Post Hall.

At 3 p.m., graduates will line up on the south side of the Expo Center, which is located just southeast of the RSU campus. Family and friends are encouraged to be seated in the Expo Center at that time.

At 4 p.m., the Commencement ceremony will begin in the Expo Center. Candidates for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificates will receive their diplomas. Several members of the RSU faculty and staff will participate in the ceremony.

Rep. Carson will present his commencement address during the ceremony.

Carson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the second district in Oklahoma in November 2000.

He received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was recognized as the Outstanding Law School Graduate. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. He received a bachelor's degree with honors from Baylor University.

He was a White House Fellow and worked as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects at the Pentagon. He also is an attorney in private practice and has devoted one-third of his time to free representation of poor and indigent clients.

He has served on alumni committees at Baylor University and on the board of directors of Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma. He also has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He and his wife Julie live in Claremore.

For more information on RSU's commencement activities, call (918) 343-7574.