The University of Central Oklahoma homecoming celebration normally fills the streets of Downtown Edmond with floats, crowds of people, and homecoming royalty, but this year looked a little different, due to poor weather conditions.
“We were worried about people's safety, and the fact that people were probably worried to come out. We understand there were some lightning strikes there pretty close by. That's why we cancelled the parade,” said Lauri Monetti, Alumni Association Director at UCO.
But the rain didn't stop them from making their Grand Marshal, 101-year-old Marjorie Bennett Scott, feel appreciated.
“She was so excited to be honored. She has just a great spirit about her. She graduated in 1939 back when we were known as Central State Teachers College,” said Monetti.
She received a bachelor's degree in speech.
“She's a lifelong educator. And she started that here at UCO,” said Monetti.
Marjorie spent more than 40 years teaching and coaching award-winning speech, debate, and forensics teams around the country. In addition to her role as Grand Marshal, Marjorie was also recognized this year as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the UCO Alumni Association.
“She really accomplished a lot for the time period that she was a woman,” said Monetti.
Although Marjorie did not get to be in the parade today, she still managed to make a significant impact through this year's homecoming celebration.
Marjorie now resides in Hennessey, Oklahoma.