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Inclement weather doesn't hinder Commons dedication

Monday, April 7, 2008  
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By Kimberly Sikes

The Lawson Commons project triumphed over the weather one last time after 12 months on the project which was delayed by weeks of bad weather. The dedication culminated today in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

These projects, all Oklahoma Centennial projects, began in the summer of 2006 and were completed today at the dedication ceremony which was set up to honor five of Oklahoma Christian University's most committed and generous donors and their families.

Much of the student body and many special guests were present for today's ceremony. Specially honored at the ceremony were Richard and Pat Lawson, Jose Freede and Wanda McGraw. Oklahoma Christian dedicated Lawson Commons to Pat and Richard Lawson, the Freede Tower to Jose Freede and the McGraw Pavilion to Jack and Wanda McGraw.

"The Lawsons, McGraws and Mrs. Freede are great examples of the kind of people who are helping Oklahoma Christian grow and develop," University President Mike O'Neal said. "Their love and dedication allows us to continue to offer our students a strong education and an ever-developing campus."

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry also attended the ceremony and spoke about education in Oklahoma.

"The importance of private universities to the state of Oklahoma is underestimated," Gov. Henry said.  "The things we accomplished in our centennial year have, and will continue to bless our state for generations to come."

Students are excited about the change the Lawson Commons, McGraw Pavilion and Freede Tower will bring.

"I believe the pavilion and the clock tower are a wonderful contribution to the university, not only for aesthetics, but to show the great support from alumni and friends for Oklahoma Christian," junior Kerri Henry said.

Students will be able to use and appreciate the extra facilities. They are excited to use the pavilion as the weather becomes nicer. Furniture and tables were also contributed to the pavilion in hopes to become a social spot on campus. Sam Wardell was one of those students who attended the ceremony.

"I am very impressed; I think that is very cool that the school has a centennial clock tower," Wardell said. "Years from now when I come visit campus, I will be able to say that I was here when they had the dedication ceremony." 

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