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Seven to graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Blind on May 16

Members of the Oklahoma School for the Blind 2024 graduating class includes back row, from left, Mykel Eagle, Lorie Cox and Scott Moore. Front row, from left, Adan Duran Gonzalez, Emileigh Jackson, Katelynn Zampella and Gerardo Rodriguez.
Wednesday, May 01, 2024

MUSKOGEE — Seven seniors will graduate May 16 from the Oklahoma School for the Blind during a commencement ceremony that will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

OSB is located at 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.

The OSB 2024 graduating class includes Adan Duran Gonzalez of Coweta, Lorie Cox of Lawton, Mykel Eagle of Stilwell, Emileigh Jackson of Verdigris, Scott Moore of Norman, Gerardo Rodriguez of Oklahoma City and Katelynn Zampella of Muskogee.

“I am very proud of the OSB graduates and wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “It has been a pleasure watching them grow into the fine young adults they are today.” 

The students have also left their mark on the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services – the agency that oversees the school.

“These students have excelled both inside and outside the classroom,” DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt said. “They will always be an important part of our OSB family, and I know each is on a path to a great, independent life.”

DRS assists Oklahomans with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

For more information, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit

The Oklahoma School for the Blind is the statewide resource for the education of students who are blind and visually impaired. Residential and commuter students meet all state-approved education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills not readily available at other public schools in the state. OSB provides hundreds of free outreach services each year, including free evaluations and consultations, for students attending local public schools, their families and local school staff. 


For more information

Brett Jones, DRS Communications Officer

Cell: 405-651-4594