President George W. Bush will deliver the commencement speech at Oklahoma State University’’ graduation ceremony this weekend.
According to KOCO-TV, "officials are making final preparations for the president’s arrival on Friday, working to make sure the visit and graduation ceremony go smoothly."
The local television station goes on to report that OSU is asking participants and those planning to attend the event on Saturday to arrive early in order to clear security. "Just like at an OSU football game, attendees are not allowed to bring umbrellas, signs that could cause distractions, backpacks or noisemakers," reports KOCO-TV.
According to Tulsaworld.com, "All 12,000 free graduation tickets that were available to the public were distributed within several hours Thursday," said Gary Shutt, director of communication services at OSU.
The article goes on to note that school president David Schmidly invited President Bush to speak at the commencement by writing in a letter, "We at OSU applaud your vision, your dynamic leadership and your steadfast commitment to education as a means of enhancing the social and economic well-being of our democratic society." Schmidly added, "I believe your participation and speech would be well-received by all in attendance."
This will be one of many speeches Bush will deliver this graduation season. Other schools where the president will speak include Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, according to Tulsaworld.com.