Let Brandon Cavazos Graduate
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Brandon Cavazos passed away in November of 2016 at Oklahoma State University, his third year on campus.
The oldest of two sons to a single mom, Sarah, Brandon set his sights on being an Oklahoma State Cowboy during his time in high school, and refused to accept anything less, despite the hurdles Sarah and her cousin Jamie, who helped raise the boys, would meet in getting Brandon from Texas to Northern Oklahoma.
Brandon was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, he wrote for the Daily O’Collegian, he wore orange nearly every day, he PASSIONATELY supported Oklahoma State student life and athletics by being in attendance at any event he could make, and most importantly — He lived by the code and morals of being a Cowboy.
The Cavazos family is working towards a scholarship in Brandon’s name. They’ve put the Oklahoma State emblem on his headstone. They still watch OSU athletics, and follow campus life closely. They still visit campus, as recent as Sigma Chi’s events in Brandon’s name earlier this semester. Through Brandon, they too became Cowboys.
Since Brandon’s passing, Sarah has watched his friends graduate, get their first job, get married, have children, and move forward in life.
But Brandon is forever a college student.
Sarah didn’t know who he’d marry, where he’d work, what kind of house he’d buy, how many kids he’d have. The LAST thing she knew he’d achieve was a college degree.
After speaking with Lee Bird, VP of Student Affairs, we’ve been told Brandon didn’t meet the requirements to receive a posthumous degree, an essentially meaningless piece of paper to everyone outside of the Cavazos family.
With your help, we ask Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma State Board of Regents, OSU President Burns Hargis, VP Lee Bird, and Spears School is Business Dean Ken Eastman to ignore the protocol and do the right thing.
Award a posthumous degree to Brandon Cavazos’ name. Reward Sarah Cavazos, her cousin Jamie, and Brandon’s younget brother Blaine for their sacrifices to get Brandon to Stillwater. And most importantly, reward the Cavazos family and village for raising Brandon to meet the code of being a Cowboy, and supporting his dream of following his heart.
Loyal and True is something Brandon took to heart. It’s time for Oklahoma State to recognize that commitment.
Thanks, and Go Pokes.
- Brendon Morris, Class of 2016.
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