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April 14, 2004 

RSU Commencement To Feature Speaker Stuart Price 92nd Commencement Ceremony May 8 at Claremore Expo Center

Stuart Price, a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Regents for Higher Education, will serve as speaker for Rogers State University's 92nd commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Claremore Expo Center.

RSU expects to confer degrees on 360 students, the university's largest graduating class in recent history, including 93 candidates for bachelor's degrees and 267 candidates for associate's degrees. This is the third year that RSU has awarded bachelor's degrees since gaining accreditation as a four-year university in 2000.

This year's graduates will range in age from 19 to 65 and are from as close as Claremore and as far away as Japan.

Other commencement day events will include a nurse pinning ceremony and a brunch for graduates and their families.

The nurse pinning ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium. Fifty graduates of the RSU nursing program will receive pins during the university's 21st nurse pinning ceremony.

This year, a new tradition will begin during RSU commencement day with a free brunch for graduates and their families to be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the lawn between Will Rogers Auditorium and Post Hall.

Graduates should report to the main entrance of the Claremore Expo Center to line up for the commencement ceremony at 12 noon. Families may be seated at any time before 1 p.m.

Stuart Price, the owner of an oil, gas and energy company in Tulsa, has been a leading figure in Oklahoma politics for several years. He was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the first district of Oklahoma in 1994. He has served as a member of the Democratic National Committee Rules Committee, a national delegate for President Bill Clinton in 1992 and the state coordinator for Gary Hart in 1984.

He has served as trustee for Gilcrease Museum, chairman of the Tulsa City Park and Recreation Board, national chairman of the University of Tulsa School of Law fundraising drive and a member of the board of directors of the RSU Foundation.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a law degree from the University of Tulsa. He and his wife, Linda Mitchell Price, live in Tulsa and have four children.

For more information on RSU commencement activities, call (918) 343-7579.