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Oklahoma City University to Honor December Graduates
Richard and Jeannette Sias to Receive Servant Leader Award OKLAHOMA CITY Ė Oklahoma City University will confer degrees on more than 400 winter graduates next week. The commencement ceremony begins at 4 p.m., Dec. 18 in OCUís Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, located at N.W. 27th St. and Florida Ave. Glen Johnson, chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education will give the keynote address. Johnson became the eighth chancellor of the state system for higher education in January 2007. He previously served as president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and director of public policy and professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Johnson served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996 and was speaker of the House from 1990 to 1996. OCU will give Johnson an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony. Oklahoma City University will present its Oklahoma Servant Leader Award to Richard and Jeannette Sias. Jeannette Sias worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools as a speech therapist and volunteered her services as a therapist at several area schools for many years. She holds a masterís degree in speech therapy. Sias is a member of the OCU Board of Trustees and has served as a board member for KCSC Radio, the Oklahoma Methodist Foundation and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of the Ladies Music Club, the Oklahoma State Arts Council and a member and docent of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League. Richard Sias served as president of the Oklahoma City association of Petroleum Landmen and director of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen. He holds a Juris Doctor and served two years in the United States Army. Sias has served as director and trustee of the American Symphony Orchestra League, national trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., founding trustee of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation and past president and trustee of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He has been named an honorary trustee by the Ambassadors Concert Choir and the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company. Together, Richard and Jeannette own and operate the Joullian Vineyards in Carmel Valley, California. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 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. 19 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel. Oklahoma Bar Association President Elect Allen Smallwood will give the commencement address. For more information, visit www.okcu.edu/law .