SHAWNEE – Saint Gregory’s University celebrated the graduation of the August and December 2017 classes on Dec. 1 in the Don and Jenetta Sumner Fieldhouse on the Saint Gregory’s campus in Shawnee, conferring 226 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees to students from both the Shawnee and Tulsa campuses.
The ceremony was held nearly a month after it was announced that the university board of directors voted to suspend operations after the Fall 2017 semester.
“We felt it was fitting to honor our August and December graduates with a full commencement ceremony. While it was bittersweet, it was a joyous occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and faculty,” President Michael Scaperlanda said.
Father Don Wolf, chairman of the Saint Gregory’s board of directors and pastor of Saint Eugene in Oklahoma City was the keynote speaker.
Duncan Tiemeyer, Saint Gregory’s Student Government Association president, gave the farewell address.
“Although this unknown may seem scary, it is important that we look to the future with open arms,” Tiemeyer said.
“Saint John Paul the Great said, ‘Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that God is with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.’ Face the unknown in complete faith and confidence! Have no fear! This is what we all must do. It is our duty to take this community with us wherever we go and remember that once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier!”