Oklahoma City University News
Noted Activist and J.K. Rowling Collaborator Baroness Emma Nicholson to Address Oklahoma City University Graduates Dec. 17
OKLAHOMA CITY – Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne will deliver the keynote address at Oklahoma City University’s commencement ceremony Dec. 17. OCU will confer degrees on approximately 300 winter graduates, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, located at N.W. 27th St. and Florida Ave.
Nicholson also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from OCU. A noted activist, political figure and J.K. Rowling collaborator, Nicholson is recognized worldwide for her service as a member of the House of Lords, as a member of European parliament, as a British political party leader and for her involvement and leadership in numerous charitable organizations. She is the founder and chairwoman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, which was established in 1991 to provide emergency aid for refugees in Iraq. Nicholson is a survivor of the Brighton bombing. She has collaborated with her friend, renowned author J.K. Rowling on several projects including the creation of the Children’s High Level Group charity. In an afterword to Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” Nicholson wrote that the organization was created “to change the lives of institutionalized and marginalized children… We wanted to give these abandoned children a voice to allow their stories to be heard.”
Baroness Nicholson holds the title of “Life Peer” as a member of the House of Lords. She currently serves as the whip of the Liberal Democrat Party, and she has served as vice chairwoman of the Conservative Party.
Oklahoma Secretary of State M. Susan Savage will receive an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree and Judge Stephanie Seymour will accept an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Savage was appointed secretary of state in 2003. As a member of the governor’s cabinet, she has broad policy and operational duties including National Governors Association federal policy work and coordination of the state’s response to the Recovery Act and the Healthcare Reform Act.
A noted jurist, Seymour has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit for the last 31 years. At thetime of her appointment by President Jimmy Carter, Seymour was the first female to serve on that court and she served as the first female chief judge of the Tenth Circuit.
For more information about undergraduate and graduate commencement, visit www.okcu.edu/commencement.
The Oklahoma City University School of Law will hold a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, located adjacent to N.W. 23rd Street and east of Kentucky Ave. Incoming Oklahoma Bar Association President Deborah Reheard will speak to graduates. For more information, visit www.okcu.edu/law.