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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) held its 98th commencement exercise on May 9, On Red Robertson Field. Representative Ben Loring, District 7 Representative in the Oklahoma Legislature, delivered the keynote address to a packed stadium at the event. Along with Rep. Loring, Mr. Rick Davis of the OSU A&M Board of Regents congratulated Dr. Hale and the graduates for making NEO an outstanding institution that is uniquely suited to serve northeastern Oklahoma.

“We are emotional beings, physical beings, mental beings, and spiritual beings,” said Rep. Loring during his address. “We’ve been given wonderful gifts and it’s our job to protect and cherish those gifts. Some of the greatest things we can do are to love and serve others, support our community, and continue to learn. You’ve all likely found out that one of the greatest things you accomplished here at NEO was learning how to learn. Don’t ever stop that learning process.”

NEO also honored three outstanding graduates from the schools of Liberal Arts, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, and Human Environmental Sciences. Chair of the Math and Science Department Steve Dixon honored Amber Oerly, an Agriculture Business graduate from Booneville, Mo. Chair of the Business and Technology Department Ms. Joy Bauer honored Kristi Roach, a Business Administration and Art major from Fairland, Okla. Finally, Chair of the Liberal Arts Department Dr. Jeff Birdsong honored Colten Shockley, a Pre-Music Education graduate from Riverton, Kan. To see photos of the evening, check Facebook.com/gogoneo

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