By: Turner Brock

School of the Ozarks will hold its first commencement on May 17, at 7 p.m., in the Williams Memorial Chapel, at which time six students will receive their high school diplomas. C of O President Jerry C. Davis will provide the commencement address during the ceremony.

“Being a part of the first graduating class of School of the Ozarks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said S of O senior Halea Gregg. “We have developed as true learners in order to be poured out into the world as godly influences.”

S of O Headmaster Brad Dolloff looks forward to the historic occasion, as well. “I am really looking forward to celebrating with our inaugural class of seniors,” he said. “God’s providence is amazing as this graduation is 100 years after the first graduation at the original School of the Ozarks. I am excited to see how these students go out and impact the world for Christ and feel blessed to be a part of their journey.”

This historic graduation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the institution’s first commencement in 1913, which included one graduate Joseph R. Gideon. Gideon’s granddaughter, Becky Roberts of Forsyth, will be in attendance at the May 17 commencement.
“We will be celebrating a historic event and sending our seniors out into the world, fully equipped for college and beyond,” said Dr. Sue Head, Dean of Character Education. “All six graduates have been prepared to be influencers and producers and have demonstrated leadership and grit during the School’s inaugural year.”

Chartered in 1906, The School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks) began as a grammar school and high school for deserving Ozarks youth. Work-study has been an integral part of the institution, since its humble beginnings.

School of the Ozarks is a college preparatory lab school for grades 9-12 operated by College of the Ozarks. The S of O vision mirrors the College’s vision “to develop citizens of Christ-like character, who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.”

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