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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) held its 95th commencement exercise on May 5. Mr. Larry Reece delivered the keynote address to the more than 200 students who received their diplomas at the event. Along with Mr. Reece, Chairman Joe Hall from the OSU A&M Board of Regents congratulated Dr. Hale and the graduates for making NEO A&M a premier institution for higher education.

“You all are making the biggest mistake of your lives by graduating, because this college is one of the best places in the world to be. But since you’ve decided to go through with it, I guess I’d better join you. Let’s graduate!” joked Reece during his keynote as he donned his cap and gown. “Joking aside, hold tight to the bonds you have built here,” added Reece. “You never know how important those people are until you really need them; and I am so grateful for my hometown support system.” Reece was diagnosed with throat cancer in late 2014, but is now cancer free. Reece also received his NEO degree at the ceremony through the reverse transfer process that allowed Reece to use OSU credits to finish his remaining NEO degree requirements.

NEO also honored six outstanding graduates from the schools of Liberal Arts, Agriculture and Natural Science, and Human Environmental Science. Interim Chair of the Agriculture Department McKenzie Nygren honored Amber Cox, an Agriculture major from Glencoe, Okla., Madison Kay Moss, a Pre-Engineering major from Commerce, Okla., and Chelsea Wilkins, a Pre-Engineering major from Grove, Okla. as the outstanding graduates from the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Department Chair of Business and Technology Pat Creech honored Luke Gibson Preaus, a Business Administration major from Tulsa, Okla. and Aimee Rutherford, a Business Administration major from Miami, Okla. as the outstanding graduates from the School of Human Environmental Science. Department Chair of Communication and Fine Arts Steve McCurley honored Ashlyn Taylor Bashore, and English major from Miami as the outstanding graduate for the School of Liberal Arts. For more information about becoming a Norseman at NEO, visit NEO Get Started.

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