Graduation 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:30 pm

Message from President Jerry Steward

President Steward

On behalf of Oklahoma City Community College faculty and staff, it is my privilege and honor to congratulate each graduate during this 45th annual commencement ceremony. 

Commencement not only symbolizes your accomplishments in education, but serves as an opportunity to look back and examine the hard work that brought you to this day. In addition to many hours spent studying, many of you worked part-time or even full-time jobs, provided for your families, volunteered in your communities, and much more.  

You will experience many more milestones throughout your life. Whether continuing your education by transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce, I encourage you to stay the course with the same confidence, courage, and dedication you have demonstrated on the path to this moment.

Congratulations and best wishes for continued achievement.



Jerry L. Steward signature




Commencement speaker announced

H.E. Rainbolt

Mr. Rainbolt is Chairman Emeritus of BancFirst Corp., where he served as the financial institution’s chairman from 1989 to 2016. Prior to joining BancFirst, he held leadership positions in several other banks.

Mr. Rainbolt is a great supporter of OCCC and its mission. He understands the role of community colleges in meeting workforce development needs and changing the lives of our students. He is one of Oklahoma’s leading philanthropists, supporting education, children’s causes, criminal justice reform, and humanities projects. He is an especially generous supporter of Oklahoma higher education.

In 2017, Mr. Rainbolt was awarded the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of a better Oklahoma, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his civic activities and charitable engagement. He was inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1999.

A Norman native, Mr. Rainbolt has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and has honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, and Oklahoma City University. He is a United States Army veteran, served in the Korean War, and received the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service.




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