Man speaking at graduation for 62nd year

Subscribe | UPI Odd Newsletter

EL RENO, Okla., May 7 (UPI) -- Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh announced he will deliver a commencement speech this year, maintaining his 62-year streak of graduation speeches.

Nigh, 83, who gave his first commencement speech to an eighth-grade class while he was running for the state legislature in 1950, said he is scheduled to address graduating students May 13 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, The Oklahoman reported Friday.


The former governor, who held the office briefly in 1963 upon the resignation of the previous governor and again from 1979 until 1987, said he has delivered at least once commencement speech every year since 1950, with some years seeing up to 12 engagements.

"I started in junior high wanting to be governor," Nigh said. "I like going to commencement programs saying 'You can do that. Don't just sit here on senior night thinking what am I going to amount to?' I like to challenge young people to think big."

Latest Headlines