Spring Graduation Ceremony Scheduled at OSUIT
OKMULGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology will hold its Spring Graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Covelle Hall. More than 200 students will receive their degrees.The guest speaker will be Claud Evans, who is a veterinarian and owns the Okfuskee County Veterinary Clinic in Okemah.The student response speaker will be Amanda Crosswell, who will receive her Bachelor of Technology degree in Instrumentation Engineering Technology.
Members of the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges will congratulate the graduates.Dr. Linda Avant, OSUIT Executive Vice President, will present the candidates for graduation.OSUIT President Dr. Robert Klabenes, Dr. Avant and members of the Board of Regents will confer the degrees and present the diplomas.
About Claud Evans
Claud Evans is a veterinarian and owns the Okfuskee County Veterinary Clinic in Okemah.Originally from Poteau, he attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry in 1966.He earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1970, and completed a veterinary internship at the University of California.
Prior to opening his veterinary clinic in Okemah in 1983, Evans worked in several capacities for Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, MO, Davenport, IA, and San Diego, CA.Evans has published numerous articles in veterinary publications and presented the articles at conventions.He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, and is a former member of the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.He holds veterinary licenses in several states.
Evans is a former member and past chairman of the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and A & M Colleges.He also served as member of the Board of Trustees for the University Center at Tulsa. He has served on many committees for many organizations, including Okemah Chamber of Commerce, Boley Public Schools Foundation, Okfuskee County Fair Board, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Lions Club International, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Evans and his wife Elayne have two children, Gregory and Kelli, and two grandchildren, Donavin and Nakiah.
About Amanda Crosswell
Amanda Crosswell is graduating from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Instrumentation Engineering Technology with a 3.67 GPA.She recently completed an internship with Chevron Corporation and will become a full-time employee there after graduation.
At OSUIT, Amanda served as president of the student chapter of the Instrumentation Society of America, president of Student Senate, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Multicultural International Student Association.She coordinated many events, including a coat drive, holiday party, activities for CarniFall, and Relay for Life.She volunteers at the YMCA as a basketball, soccer and baseball coach, and raises two young sons.
Amanda says, “My instructors at OSUIT were incredible.I couldn’t have asked for a better education anywhere – I learned hands-on skills which truly prepared me and I applied those skills on my internship.”
Amanda recommends OSUIT to others who might not have thought they could earn a college degree. “I faced numerous challenges in my life until I came to OSUIT, and now I’m earning a college degree and going to a great career — I’m proof that anyone can do this.”