GUEST VIEWPOINT: One chapter ends and a new one begins at NSU-Broken Arrow


May is a big month here at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow. This week graduate candidates are preparing for commencement, while other scholars are planning out their summer trips and internships. 

Some students are prepping for summer courses and many youths from the surrounding communities will be making their way to campus for camps and activities happening over the summer.

While the end of the academic year certainly signals the closing of one chapter, the possibilities for the next are endless.

NSU is excited to celebrate graduates during five commencement ceremonies this month. The Oklahoma College of Optometry ceremony will take place on Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. in the NSU Center for Performing Arts in Tahlequah. The College of Liberal Arts ceremony will take place on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah.

Ceremonies will continue on Saturday, May 6 with the Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions commencement at 9:30 a.m. in the NSU Event Center. The College of Business & Technology and College of Education ceremony will take place on May 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the NSU Event Center.

The ceremony for all NSU-Broken Arrow colleges will take place on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the ORU Mabee Center in Tulsa.

I hope you all will join in cheering these graduates on, whether that be in person or virtually. Visit
for more information about the spring 2023 festivities.

There’s still time for you to start the next chapter in your college career. The first block of summer courses will kick off on May 8.

Make the most of your summer by getting ahead on your studies. Visit to learn more and apply.

There are opportunities for younger students to also explore the next chapters of their education at NSU over the summer break.

NSU will host students of a variety of ages for camps and programming kicking off this month right here in Broken Arrow.

The Get Green For Blue Summer Academy will take place May 30-June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NSU-Broken Arrow.

Attendees will be placed in teams to learn about water quality through collecting data, analyzing the health of water bodies and determining possible solutions to water quality problems.

This academy is open to students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade who are Oklahoma residents and have submitted an application with the required materials.

The Get Green For Blue Summer academy is free to attend. Participants must provide their own daily transportation, but transportation for field trips, lunches, snacks and two T-shirts will be provided.

Those interested in attending should contact Dr. Pamela Christol at

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Youth Day Camp is intended for high school students seeking to help their school and family become more prepared to face emergency situations.

The camp will be held June 5-9 at the NSU-Broken Arrow campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students must bring their own lunches. Completion of this certification is good for three credit hours in the certificate of Emergency Management and Planning program and/or the Homeland Security & Emergency Management degree program at NSU. Registration for this camp is free.

For more information on registering for the CERT Youth Day Camp, visit….

The College of Education Summer Youth Academy will host students ages four and up for weeklong themed programming running June 5- 30 at NSU-Broken Arrow.

The cost per attendee is $150. For more information or to register, visit

NSU looks forward to hosting young learners over the coming weeks for this exceptional summer programming in hopes of inspiring their future education.

With the end of this school year approaching, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the chapters that are closing. It’s equally important, however, to recognize and celebrate the new chapters that are just beginning and NSU is excited to help you write them however we can.

Congratulations on another successful year!

Dan Mabery, Vice President of University Relations

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