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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

May 06, 2019

College of the Ozarks to celebrate graduates with events beginning May 12, 2019

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host its 112th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex on the College campus. The ceremony will honor 299 graduating students. C. Brent Dishman will serve as the speaker for commencement.

The top five majors of the graduating class are business administration, education, nursing, communication arts, and psychology. During the commencement ceremony, one ROTC cadet will be commissioned into the United States Army.

Schedule of events for graduation weekend

Pinning and Blessing Ceremony
(For nursing program graduates)
Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m.
Williams Memorial Chapel
Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
Lunch on the Lawn
Sunday, May 12, noon
Lawn by Lake Honor
Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m.
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
ROTC Commissioning
(During commencement)
Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m.
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
Light Reception
Immediately following
Right outside Athletic Complex

Live steam

The commencement ceremony will be live streamed and can be accessed at

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C. Brent DishmanC. Brent Dishman

Baccalaureate ceremony

The baccalaureate ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch on the lawn at noon. Jeremy Thomas is the baccalaureate speaker.

Jeremy Thomas is lead pastor at First Baptist Church Branson (FBC). He grew up in the Benton, Arkansas, area and has served on the FBC Branson team since 2012. Although Thomas came to know Christ at a young age, it was during his years as a student at College of the Ozarks that he fully understood grace for the first time. That new understanding has shaped the trajectory of his life and ministry.

Joining Thomas in his lifelong pursuit of gospel ministry is his bride of 15 years, Mandy.  Not only do they fill their days raising their four children, but they’ve also made gospel hospitality a part of their regular lives -- often breaking bread in their home with people from all walks of life.

His passion for life and love for people are evidenced through sharing the gospel, whether Thomas is leading a worship service or a team of men on a hunting excursion. He believes each day is a new adventure and sharing the gospel with others is a vital element of living the Christian life.

Thomas’s educational merits include a bachelor’s in psychology from the College of the Ozarks and a Master of Worship Theology from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has additional education from other Christian Institutes, including Focus on the Family, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, and the Missional Leadership Program.  As a lifelong learner, he’s also pursuing a Master of Divinity.

Commencement ceremony

The commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a light reception outside of the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex. C. Brent Dishman is the commencement speaker.  

C. Brent Dishman, a native of Branson, Missouri, currently serves as the dean of students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and is on the Board of Trustees at College of the Ozarks. Dishman graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000. He served as an aircraft maintenance officer at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, before being selected to attend the Air Force Legal Education Program.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2005 where he served as president of the Federalist Society and, later, as student body president.  As an active duty Air Force JAG officer, Dishman served as a prosecutor, chief prosecutor, defense counsel, and senior defense counsel at Lackland Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.  From 2012-2017, Dishman owned and operated Dishman Military Advocates, a law firm dedicated to the representation of military service members and Veterans around the globe.

In addition to his current role as dean of students, Dishman serves as the senior reserve JAG officer at 12th Air Force Headquarters, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.  He also serves as a member of the Air Reserve Component’s TRIALS (Training by Reservists In Advocacy and Litigation Skills) team, teaching trial advocacy to junior officers on active duty.

Dishman’s accomplishments include The General Lew Allen Jr. Trophy for outstanding leadership in aircraft maintenance, being named the Air Force’s #1 defense counsel worldwide in 2012, and recognition by Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Dishman is an active member of the State Bar of Oklahoma and is admitted to practice before Oklahoma’s three federal district courts, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Brent and his wife, Jodi Dishman, have two sons, Cash (8) and Rook (7).

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.




05.06.19 – Juliet Thompson


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