On Friday, Nov. 9, OSU Institute of Technology will commemorate Veterans Day by honoring former and active service members with the annual Veterans Day parade and program on the university campus.
The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Wayne Miller Drive and Tower Road. The route moves west on Wayne Miller Drive, then turns south on Covelle Drive, then east on First Street before ending at Covelle Hall.
A flag ceremony and program follows at 10:30 a.m. in the Covelle Hall auditorium with Okmulgee Mayor Steven Baldridge serving as the keynote speaker.
Veteran Services Coordinator Sommer Farrimond said recognizing veterans on the OSUIT campus is important whether they are students or area residents who served a month ago or decades ago.
“I feel the most important aspect of my position is to honor those who have served, and this is the culmination of that effort,” Farrimond said. “It is meant to show honor and commitment to those who pledged those same values—honor and commitment— to this country.”
Farrimond said it is part of the university’s mission to honor all who are serving or have served in the armed forces.
“OSUIT has a rich history of serving veterans beginning with the foundation of the college,” she said.
Before it was a school, the OSUIT campus served as a military hospital for those who fought in World War II. In 1946, Oklahoma State University acquired the property and turned the facility into a technical and vocational school for veterans so they could re-enter the civilian workforce.
OSUIT continues to be recognized nationally for its commitment to veterans and the U.S. armed forces.
The university earned silver status as a 2018-19 Military Friendly® School. The Military Friendly® rankings measure an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. This was the seventh consecutive year OSUIT has been named a Military Friendly® School.
OSUIT was also ranked 11th in the Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Career & Technical Colleges list. The rankings, published by Military Times, recognize schools for their commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America's veterans, service members and families.
“To me, it is national recognition that OSUIT is doing all it takes to be more than just military-friendly, but military-committed,” Farrimond said.