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Western Celebrates the Class of 2024

May 20, 2024 -- maegan.martin
Western Celebrates the Class of 2024

Western Oklahoma State College proudly honored 235 graduates this year, celebrating their achievements and dedication in a series of events culminating in the Commencement Ceremony held on May 10, 2024. Among these graduates, 42 students from the nursing program were specially recognized during the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 9.

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a Pioneer tradition that symbolizes the nurses' readiness to enter the healthcare profession. This year's ceremony highlighted the hard work and commitment of the nursing graduates, who are now prepared to take the next step toward their careers in various healthcare settings.

The following evening, graduates gathered with friends, family, and faculty to celebrate their academic accomplishments at the WOSC Commencement Ceremony. Out of the 235 graduates, 135 participated in the ceremony, proudly walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. The event was a significant milestone for all attendees, marking the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

This year, six outstanding students graduated with a perfect grade point average of 4.0, demonstrating exceptional academic excellence. Additionally, 66 students were honored for their academic achievements by graduating with honors, a testament to their commitment to their studies and the high standards upheld by WOSC.

The commencement ceremony featured inspiring speeches from Gracen Hawthorne, a senior at Altus High School and 2024 WOSC graduate, and Cynthia Barker, an Early Childhood Development major and Western employee. 

Keegan Kyser, the student body president, played a pivotal role in the evening's events, including the announcement of the 2024 Teacher of the Year award. This prestigious honor was bestowed upon Rachel Randall, a dedicated biology instructor, recognized for her exceptional contributions to the academic community and her unwavering commitment to student success.

Western Oklahoma State College is proud of the Class of 2024 and extends heartfelt congratulations to all graduates. Their achievements reflect the college's mission to provide high-quality education and prepare students for successful careers and meaningful lives.


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Randall named 2024 Teacher of the Year

May 20, 2024

Western Oklahoma State College is proud to announce that Rachel Randall, a distinguished biology instructor, has been named the 2024 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award, determined through nominations by the entire student body and a subsequent selection by the Student Senate, recognizes exceptional dedication and excellence in teaching. 

Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

"I have had the privilege of having this teacher for two different classes. They are knowledgeable and caring. They go above and beyond for their students even when they don't have to. There have been countless times when I have gone to this teacher for help in other classes and if they don't know they takes the time to sit with you and look it up, they make sure you leave their office understanding what you didn't understand when you got into their office with the question. They truly care about their students, and them gaining the knowledge they need to succeed." 

Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.


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    Western Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
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  • Vision

    Western Oklahoma State College aspires to be the outstanding and innovative community college known for its focus on student success and its service to community and regional development.
  • Mission

    The mission of Western Oklahoma State College is to provide high quality education while ensuring equity, supporting student success, and empowering individuals to become productive members of diverse local, regional, and global communities.