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Welcome TCC Graduates!

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Opening Ceremonies

Gracee Shriver,

Performer and TCC Student

Gracee Shriver is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Owasso, Ok. She was recently on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she placed in the top 16 out of 57,000 contestants that auditioned. Gracee’s recent release is currently on the radio and you can find it on all streaming platforms. She plans on attending Belmont University in Nashville this fall where she will major in Music Business.

Student Speaker

Christopher Chumana,

Student

Christopher Chumana was born in Ecuador in 1998. At the age of three, he moved to New York. There, he started kindergarten while his father joined the Army and his mother stayed at home. After a few months, his dad was sent to Irak and his family had to relocate to Texas. In Texas, Christopher attended Westword Elementary School. There, he joined the chess club and in no time he discovered his passion for chess. Along with his school, he played several competitions and in 2006 he won the K-12 chess championship for his school. A year later, his dad retired from the Army and his family went back to Ecuador. 

In Ecuador, Christopher kept playing chess professionally. He joined the regional chess team and won several competitions. In his senior year of high school, he created the chess club. He was the captain and coach of his high school chess team. With his high school, he won the vice-championship of two regional tournaments and received recognition by his high school for his outstanding performance in his Sport. In 2016 he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to keep pursuing his studies. In 2017 he joined Tulsa Community College. At TCC, he joined the Hispanic Student Association (HSA). Along with other members of HS, he traveled to Washington D.C. to the biggest convention of Hispanics representing TCC to learn about how we can improve the lifestyle of our local Hispanic community. In 2019, he was invited to attend a Business conference held in China supported by Phi Theta Kappa. Currently, he is graduating from TCC and planning to keep on going with his studies in a 4-year University.

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Remarks from the President

Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Tulsa Community College

Leigh B. Goodson has served as president and chief executive officer of Tulsa Community College since July 2014. As president at TCC, she successfully launched and met the College’s $20 million campaign, developed Oklahoma’s first “early college high school program,” gained TCC acceptance into the AACC Pathways Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and launched the Tulsa Transfer Collaborative Foundation of Excellence; a collaborative partnership with six universities. Most recently, Goodson has been named one of Oklahoma’s most admired CEOs and is an active member of her community by serving on the boards of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa World Advisory Board, and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa Metropolitan, to name a few. Goodson has invested herself and her career in education as a community college president, university professor and administrator. Her priority and passion is student success.

Remarks from Board of Regents Chair

Samuel Combs III, Chair

Samuel Combs III is a trustee and board chairman of Tulsa Community College; and the managing partner and chief executive officer of COMSTAR Advisors, a management advisory and private-equity investment firm. 

Prior to COMSTAR, Sam was president of ONEOK Distribution Companies, now ONE Gas Inc., the legacy natural gas distribution segment of Fortune 500 energy company ONEOK, Inc. At ONEOK, Combs advanced through numerous operating and executive roles including, president of the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company division. Sam is a director of First Fidelity Bank, and member of the Executive Leadership Council; National Association of Corporate Directors; and the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance. He is a board member of John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation; Philbrook Museum of Art; and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. 

Combs was selected twice as being among the most influential African Americans in corporate America, by Black Enterprise magazine. Sam received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management degree from Oklahoma State University and was a member of Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and has completed executive studies at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Sam is a native Oklahoman and past president of Leadership Oklahoma who has worked diligently throughout his career for the betterment of Oklahoma.

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Sign Guestbook

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Guestbook

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

To:

Hali Hester

From: Sandra Swarts
Message: Congratulations Graduates and Best Wishes as you begin your next journey!

Combs was selected twice as being among the most influential African Americans in corporate America, by Black Enterprise magazine. Sam received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management degree from Oklahoma State University and was a member of Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and has completed executive studies at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Sam is a native Oklahoman and past president of Leadership Oklahoma who has worked diligently throughout his career for the betterment of Oklahoma.