Attorney General Koster to speak at OTC Commencement

Attorney General Koster to speak at OTC Commencement

Friday, May 09, 2014

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will be the featured speaker at the OTC Commencement on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in JQH Arena on the Missouri State University Campus.

"Attorney General Koster has been a supporter of public higher education throughout his career as an elected official," said Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College. "We are delighted to have him speak to our graduates."

OTC will confer more than 2,000 certificates and degrees to graduates this year, which includes students who have completed their course work from the summer 2013 semester through this spring.

The program also will include a tribute to the late Special Agent Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, recipient of the College's 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award winner. Sgt. Peters was an OTC graduate who was killed from injuries sustained in a devastating series of blasts from suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices in a compound west of Kandahar, Afghanistan, while accompanying Army Rangers on a raid October 6, 2013.

Sgt. Peters' father, Dennis, who is OTC's veterans service representative, will accept the award.

Also, for the first time, 91 OTC Career Center high school students who have earned an OTC Certificate of Achievement or Specialization after passing 32 hours of college credit will walk in commencement.