Alumnus To Walk In Commencement Ceremony 67 Years Late

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 16, 2009) - On Dec. 19, 2009, Donald Becker of Enid, Okla., will participate in commencement exercises at John Brown University—67 years late.

Becker, a former business and accounting major at JBU, left college in August 1942 to volunteer for active duty in the U.S. Air Force and fight in WWII. Although he had one semester of coursework remaining, JBU waived that requirement and granted his degree.

Because of basic training, Becker missed the commencement ceremony that December and privately received his diploma after he returned from the war. In 1939, Becker had also missed commencement at Goltry (Okla.) High School because he had the measles.

At JBU’s invitation, Becker will participate as a graduating student and also will deliver a few remarks to the class of 2009. JBU Chancellor John E. Brown Jr., who was a classmate of Becker’s, will present him with his diploma.

Becker was part of a group of nine students from Northwest Oklahoma who attended JBU on scholarships from Union Equity in Enid. After his service with the U.S. Air Force during World War II, Becker had a long and successful career at Union Equity, eventually becoming vice-president for public relations. John Brown University will hold its winter commencement ceremony for traditional undergraduate students and Advance degree completion students on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Walton Lifetime Health Complex. Winter commencement for graduate students will be Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks, on the campus of JBU.

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