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May 12, 2011
News Release
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                                 Jeff Packham                                          Ashley Gibson
                              Media Specialist                            Director of Public Relations
                                 405.466.2981                                           405.466.3484
                         japackham@lunet.edu                                     angibson@lunet.edu


            Posthumous Degree to Be Awarded By Langston University
Langston, Okla._ Langston University will be awarding a posthumous Bachelor of Business
Administration degree in Organizational Management next week to Jerrod J. Reese.

The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges approved a request
from Langston University to award the posthumous degree to the Reese family at the commencement
ceremony on May 14 at 10 a.m. at W.E. Anderson Stadium on the main campus.

“It is always a tragedy when a life ends at such a young age,” Langston University President JoAnn
W. Haysbert said. “Jerrod Reese in particular was a promising young student on the verge of
obtaining a degree and going out and making his mark on the world, and it is only fitting that we
award this posthumous degree in his honor.”

In 2009, a 27-year-old Jerrod Reese was a senior at Langston University only nine credits shy of
attaining his degree. But a stroke and a brain aneurysm took Jerrod’s life, leaving behind his
daughter, A’Niyah.

Jerrod grew up in a military family and he graduated from Putnam City North High School after his
family moved to Oklahoma. Jerrod started out at Rose State but transferred to Langston University,
where he became active in the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Jerrod was also employed by Best Buy.

Langston University last awarded a posthumous degree on May 8, 2003, to Jamie Graham, a nursing
major.

Langston University’s Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 14 th, at 10 a.m. at
W.E. Anderson Field, weather permitting. Renowned political strategist Donna Brazile will be the
keynote for the Commencement ceremony.

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