SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's University will celebrate its fall commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, inside the W.P. Wood Field House. Bachelor’s degrees will be conferred on 67 graduates and an additional 20 will receive associate’s degrees. SGU will also celebrate its first master’s degree graduates as 16 are scheduled to receive their degrees.

One of the day’s highlights will include an address by 2007-08 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Stephanie Canada. Canada, a physical education teacher at Will Rogers Elementary School in Shawnee and an adjunct professor at SGU, was selected for the Teacher of the Year honor in September.

Canada has taught for 12 years and has been with Shawnee Public Schools since 2003. She has been the author of many health and fitness grants awarded to her community and district. As part of her duties as Teacher of the Year, Canada is traveling the state giving speeches and conducting professional development lectures.

Canada earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Central in Ada. Currently, she is working on her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma and is a National Board Certification candidate.

Also scheduled to speak are SGU’s College of Arts and Sciences valedictorian Jennifer Organiscak and SGU’s College for Working Adults valedictorian Lynna Gilstrap. A reception will follow the commencement exercises in the Great Room of SGU’s Rockwood Center.

St. Gregory's University, 1900 W. MacArthur, is a four-year, liberal arts Catholic university. SGU was established in 1875 by the Benedictine community of St. Gregory's Abbey and is Oklahoma's oldest institution of higher education.

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