OCW 1963 graduate

Trudy Wright of El Reno was the very last graduate to walk across the stage and receive her degree from the Oklahoma College of Women. Her journey began in Sept. 1961 and she graduated on May 23, 1965 with tornado warnings out for the afternoon hours.

It all began in September 1961 when a new page was turned for me ... introduction to being a freshman at O.C.W.

Dorm life was making new friends with girls from not only Oklahoma but Illinois, Texas, New York, California and even Africa.

And could I ever forget trying to figure out how to combat 19 semester hours that first semester. H-E-L-P!

Somehow I scraped by that first year (not sure how) ... guess I had a few understanding instructors?

There were fun days like the “tug of war” across the college pond (muddy water and all) between the freshmen and sophomore classes. One win-one lose, yes, our class sponsors being dragged along with us. Boy! They had “heart.”

Most of my classes I enjoyed. However, a few (I never understood why), “Ancient and Medieval History” and “English Lit” were required for a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation!

I am sure the 2011 graduates would have found the “older” instructors intriguing.

The student teaching experience in the Tulsa Public Schools culminated my desire to be a teacher and truly opened my eyes to the real life of leading students.

The exciting date of graduation arrived on May 23, 1965 with tornado warnings out for the afternoon hours.

The graduating class was probably tornado enough ... but the four years were spent at the BEST ... O.C.W., and I wouldn’t trade them!!!

And yes, I was the very last graduate to walk across the stage and receive my degree from the wonderful Oklahoma College for Women ... O.C.W.

Trudy Wright

El Reno, OK

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