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Lankford to Speak at OBU Commencement Aug. 1

The Shawnee News-Star

James Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma, will deliver the address to graduates during OBU’s Spring Commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 1. The ceremony will take place on the south lawn of Raley Chapel on the OBU campus in Shawnee, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The ceremony was moved outdoors to allow for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The time was then moved to 8:30 a.m., to help alleviate the effects of the August heat.

Seating will be provided for students and participants in the ceremony. However, all attendees are asked to bring their own seating for the event.

From 1995 to 2009, Lankford served as director of student ministry at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp, the largest youth camp in the United States, with more than 51,000 individuals attending each summer. In 2010, he was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 to complete an unexpired term and re-elected to a full six-year term in 2016.

As chairman of the Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee, he fights unnecessary and burdensome regulation and advocates for a more restrained federal government. He also serves on numerous other Senate committees, including Finance, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Appropriations, and Indian Affairs. Lankford serves the people of Oklahoma and the nation by integrating his core values of personal faith, local decision-making and opportunity for every person, regardless of their background, into his work both inside and outside of the Senate.

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With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 1,868, with students from 35 states and 34 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 28 consecutive years and Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 15 consecutive years.