94-year-old WWII Veteran will graduate alongside Broken Arrow seniors

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Tuesday night is Broken Arrow Public Schools’ 2020 graduation ceremony.

It’s finally here, Class of 2020 – tonight we celebrate each of you!

Posted by Broken Arrow Public Schools on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Broken Arrow High School’s senior class will celebrate their graduation at Broken Arrow High School’s Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m, stadium gates will open at 7 p.m.

BA school officials ask that attendees lease have your tickets viewable when you arrive at the gate.

Seating will be available on the home side and visitor’s side.

Seating is first come, first served until capacity is reached for that section.

Guests are asked to be in their seats by 7:45 p.m.

To help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 cornavirus amidst the ongoing pandemic, graduates will not shake hands with dignitaries while receiving their diploma.

A special guest will also be joining the ceremony tonight.

After dropping everything to serve his country during World War II, Broken Arrow veteran Oscar Nipps Jr. will graduate...

Posted by Broken Arrow Public Schools on Monday, June 29, 2020

Broken Arrow Public Schools will honor World War II veteran Oscar Nipps Jr. with a high school diploma during Tuesday’s event.

The district said Nipps dropped everything to serve his country when he was drafted on Dec. 7, 1943.

Nipps was a rifleman and company cook with the 1st Cavalry Division and participated in the campaign to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese.

He will also receive a commendation signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt for obtaining his diploma at 94-years-old.

“This diploma is a token of appreciation for all he did for our country and our community,” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Mr. Nipps is officially part of the Broken Arrow Public Schools family, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate him.”

Those not able to attend the ceremony can view the event live online via the district's YouTube channel.

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