Toby Keith, Tom Love Awarded Honorary Degrees By University Of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma will bestow honorary degrees to country music star Toby Keith, Love's Travel Stops founder Tom E. Love, civil rights activist and educator Barbara Ann Posey Jones and Apollo spacecraft engineer David Proctor during the 2024 commencement ceremonies.

Monday, April 22nd 2024, 10:22 am

By: News 9


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The University of Oklahoma announced it will award honorary degrees to four individuals in recognition of their achievements and service to others.

During the 2024 commencement, the university will confer honorary degrees to Toby Keith, the country music star from Moore who died in February, Tom E. Love, the founder of Love’s Travel Stops, Barbara Ann Posey Jones, of Atlanta, an OU alumnus whose participation in the Oklahoma City sit-ins helped advance desegregation across the country, and David Proctor, of Dallas, Texas, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 spacecraft missions.

The university said Love and Jones will be honored during a ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and Keith and Proctor will be honored at a ceremony set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Both ceremonies will take place at Lloyd Noble Center.

“Through their exceptional talents, transformative leadership and unwavering commitment to serving others, each of this year’s Honorary Degree recipients has left an indelible mark on the world,” OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said. “Their profound dedication has touched countless lives, and we take great pride in conferring the university’s highest honor upon them.”

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