Northwestern Announces Virtual Spring Commencement Exercises, May 9


Northwestern Oklahoma State University will conduct a virtual commencement ceremony on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and the university website,

Because of the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on social gatherings, Northwestern will opt for a virtual ceremony to honor its graduates.

“We continue to prioritize the safety of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “This has been a difficult but necessary decision to reach. Although we share our students’ disappointment in this change of plans, we are excited for them as they complete their education.”

Graduating students have been submitting information and photos for the virtual commencement ceremony and also have the option to walk in a commencement ceremony in December 2020.

Seven candidates will receive doctorate of nursing practice degrees.

Twenty-six candidates will receive master’s degrees, 16 will receive Master of Education degrees, six will receive Master of Counseling Psychology degrees, two will receive Master of Science in General Psychology degrees, and two will receive Master of Arts in American Studies degrees.

A total of 226 candidates will receive bachelor’s degrees, 28 of those receiving bachelor’s degrees will graduate with honors. Students with cumulative grade point averages between 3.70 and 3.79 are designated cum laude, those with GPAs between 3.80-3.89 are magna cum laude and those above 3.90 are summa cum laude.

Graduates from the Cimarron Valley area include:

Receiving her degree as a doctor of nursing practice is Angela Skousen, of Stillwater

Graduating Summa Cum Paid, from Oilton is Harley Purvis, with a Bachelor of Science Education in elementary education.

Graduating magna cum laude, from Perkins is Rylee Craycraft, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Graduating Cum Laude, from Olive is Amanda Harding, with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a natural history option.