Less than one month from now, hundreds of Price College students will take the final step in their current educational journey. As they cross the stage at our May convocation ceremony, they will officially close one chapter in the story of their success and take their next exciting steps in becoming the business leaders our state, nation and world need.
I am extremely proud of the graduating class of 2022 and their commitment to overcoming the incredible challenges they faced over the past few years, especially the fears and obstacles of navigating a global pandemic. Their success is shared with our friends, alumni and partners, like yourself, who have supported Price College through your time, talent and giving. I hope you’ll join us for our spring convocation celebration at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Speaking of support, I want to thank each of you who participated in OU’s Giving Day on April 14th. Because of your help, Price College raised significant funds for student scholarships and faculty development that will help us become bigger, broader and better. While we wait on Price College’s final Giving Day numbers, I’m pleased to share it was a record-breaking fundraising day for OU as a whole – in just 24 hours, more than $11 million was raised university-wide, setting a new one-day fundraising record.
These exciting announcements come at a bittersweet time for the college, as we continue to mourn and process the passing of our beloved friend and benefactor, Michael F. Price, who passed away on March 14.
Michael was a 1973 business graduate and renowned global expert on value investing. His experience at OU was so positive, and his hope for future business students was so bright that, in 1997, he returned to his alma mater to make history with the announcement of an $18 million gift to the College of Business Administration. At that time, Michael’s contribution was considered the single largest gift to a public university or any Oklahoma higher education institution. The OU Board of Regents officially designated the college as the Michael F. Price College of Business, making it the first college in OU history to be named for an individual.