Mary Oluokun ’16 says her love for singing encourages her to jump at all performing opportunities, and her graduation is no exception. Oluokun will represent the graduating class as the senior soloist for the national anthem during the 166th Commencement ceremony on the Malesardi Quadrangle on May 22.
The application process for the senior soloist roles is open, meaning that any graduating senior can apply and be considered for the prestigious position. Applicants sing the national anthem for the selection committee and are chosen largely based on the strength of their vocals.
“I am beyond honored to be performing the national anthem at my Commencement. I cannot wait for graduation, [but] I am slightly nervous,” Oluokun said.
Oluokun also acknowledged how profoundly the University has influenced her.
“My journey here at Bucknell has been challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I am thankful for my growth here and I only hope to continue growing in the years to come,” Oluokun said.
In expressing her gratitude for the University, Oluokun emphasized how she’s been affected by its Outdoor Education & Leadership Program.
“I developed a passion for the outdoors my first year after participating in the BuckWild pre-orientation program,” Oluokun said.
Combining this passion with her love of working with children, Oluokun will work as an assistant coordinator of a youth outdoor experiential education program at the Princeton-Blairstown Center north of Blairstown, N.J. following graduation.