Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus awarded degrees to more than 350 students during commencement exercises at John E. Tucker Coliseum Saturday, May 14.
During the commencement ceremony, special student recognition was given to students in Practical Nursing, Business Technology, and technical skills and service occupations who competed with other schools within the state.
The Ozark Campus Spirit Award was given to Amy Nichols, of Ozark. Eligibility for this award goes to students who exhibit a dedication to learning, a commitment to the promotion of the Ozark Campus, and an interest in the welfare of other students. This award is given to the student who advances the mission of the institution and embodies the sense of community that characterizes the mission of the Ozark Campus.
Amy L. Rice, of Van Buren was the recipient of the Bob Adams Outstanding Student Award. This year marked the 33rd year a student at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus has received the Bob Adams Outstanding Student Award. Bob Adams was the first Director of Student Services at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus, then known as Arkansas Valley Vocational Technical School, and served until his death in 1978. The Student Council voted that year to establish an award program in memory of Mr. Adams for his dedication to the students. Selection of the recipient is based on academic performance, involvement in school and community affairs, and evaluation by classmates, instructors, and the Ozark Campus Student Government Association.
In the course of the commencement ceremony, Arkansas Tech University Alumni President, Mr. Jim Murphy inducted graduates into the Alumni Association.
Additionally, Arkansas Tech University hosted two commencement exercises at the John E. Tucker Coliseum. The first ceremony began at 10 a.m. and honored graduates from the Graduate College, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the College of Education.
The 2 p.m. ceremony recognized graduates from the College of Applied Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach, and all associate degrees.