The gift of higher education at NSU-Broken Arrow


When we start talking about gifts this time of year, we don’t often talk about the gift of a college education. In reality though, it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, your family and your future.

At Northeastern State University we take the opportunity to help students receive this gift very seriously and are here to help them each step of the way. From identifying academic programs of interest, finding courses that fit their busy lives, providing advisement along the way and finally cheering them on at commencement -- we make sure that everyone has an opportunity to receive one of the most worthwhile gifts of a lifetime.

December means the end of another successful semester here at NSU-Broken Arrow. It’s an exciting time of year for students who are wrapping up their courses and an even more exciting time for students who are graduating with their degree or certificate this month.

Fall finals week will take place from Dec. 5-9. I hope all NSU students will give their best efforts on these final exams and projects before the close of the semester.

After finals week, it is a time for celebration.

NSU will recognize more than 650 graduating students during the fall 2022 commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10 at the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah.

NSU will honor students from the College of Business & Technology and the College of Liberal Arts at 9:30 a.m. Graduating students from the College of Education and the Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m.

Guests are welcome to attend. NSU will also livestream the commencement ceremonies for family members and friends of graduates unable to attend in person.

I hope the community will join me in congratulating these graduates on their hard work and accomplishments. All of us here at NSU are excited to see where these students will go next, with many filling jobs and roles in Broken Arrow, Northeast Oklahoma and beyond.

There’s still time for you to discover how NSU can help give you the gift of higher education in the new year.

Did you know that NSU was recently named a top college in the country for adult learners? The average age of a student here on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus is 29 years old. We understand that not everyone has the same journey to higher education and are here to help with resources and flexible programs to help you complete your degree or certificate.

NSU-Broken Arrow will continue offering hundreds of course selections next semester. Students have the option to complete many courses in person or online, allowing their studies to fit with their already busy schedules.

Pathways to growth

Supply chain management is just one program students can complete with flexibility. Offered as a bachelor of business administration, supply chain management prepares students for work in a rapidly changing global economy.

Current events have made it all the more important for professionals who have a complex understanding of supply chains. NSU is proud to offer this program and assist with connecting students to job opportunities through local alliances like the Supply Chain & Logistics Workforce Partnership.

To learn more about the supply chain management program and its course delivery methods at NSU, visit

Flexible delivery methods are not the only way NSU-Broken Arrow is making classes more convenient for all. Eight-week courses provide the same, high-quality NSU classes in shorter blocks throughout the year so you can take classes at a time that works for you and your life.

NSU’s criminal justice program is just one degree that offers options for the first 8-week block next month. This program seeks to prepare graduates for careers in all sectors of the justice system with an emphasis on leadership, ethics, analytical skills and effective written and verbal communication. Graduates in this field find employment in local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies, court houses, higher education and more.

To learn more about the criminal justice program at NSU, visit

Keep in mind that all NSU campuses will be closed for the winter break Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Don’t wait to inquire about advising or enrollment for the spring 2023 semester.

Both full semester 16-week courses and 8-week courses begin on Jan. 9. Visit to learn more and apply.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and hope to see you at NSU-Broken Arrow in the new year!

-Dan Mabery, Vice President of University Relations, NSU

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