Secretary DeVos to Speak at Tulsa Community College’s Second Chance Commencement

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Secretary DeVos to Speak at Tulsa Community College’s Second Chance Commencement

Event spotlights the Administration-wide goal of rethinking education for incarcerated individuals

Hominy, Oklahoma - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will deliver remarks at the 2019 Tulsa Community College Second Chance Commencement at the Dick Conner Correctional Center on Tuesday, June 25.

The visit will celebrate a record number of more than 70 incarcerated students who are graduating with a degree or certificate from Tulsa Community College. Additionally, there will be students recognized for completing a high school equivalency and students recognized for academic achievement who are working on earning a bachelor’s degree from Langston University.

These schools are participants in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell experiment. This experiment provides need-based Pell Grants to individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons so that they can enroll in postsecondary programs offered by local colleges and universities. Currently, there are 64 schools in 26 states participating in this experiment. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism rates among participants.

NOTE: Credentialed media interested in attending the event must RSVP to and/or Matt Elliot with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections at by 10 a.m. CDT, on Monday, June 24, 2019. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the event. No cellphones, smartwatches, laptops or Fitbits are allowed in the facility.

All press must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to ensure entry.

Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D., president, Tulsa Community College
Janet Dowling, warden, Dick Conner Correctional Center
Millicent Newton-Embry, Region I director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Jeana Ely, superintendent of schools, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Chef Jeff Henderson

What :

Remarks at Tulsa Community College’s Second Chance Commencement
(Open press)

When :

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 8:45 a.m. CDT

Where :

Dick Conner Correctional Center
129 Conner Rd.
Hominy, Oklahoma