The Business Management Department at Oregon Tech prepares work-ready graduates with extensive training in business communications, team-based projects, and exposure to applied business opportunities.
70th Annual Commencement Graduates
David Mathew Murphy
Alumnus, Graduating Speaker
Bachelor of Science - Business, Marketing Option
Oregon Tech’s first ever recruit for the golf team. David Murphy came to Oregon Tech from Rogue River, Oregon and was a charter member of the men’s golf team in 2013. As a student-athlete, David excelled in the classroom and on the golf course. He shined in academia with multiple President’s/Dean’s List recognitions and was a two-time Academic All American. He served as the captain of the golf team for three years and qualified for the NAIA national tournament. Like many students, David held several jobs while being a student. He worked four years at the Bill Collier Ice Arena, refereed middle and high school basketball games, and worked for the Oregon Tech Admissions Office as an ambassador. His most recent venture, along with two other Oregon Tech students, was opening Brevada Brewhouse (a coffee shop) last September near campus. David is planning to stay in Klamath Falls after graduation and continue to work on expanding Brevada Brewhouse. He will also continue to help coach the Oregon Tech golf team during his time in Klamath Falls.
Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big. (Denzel Washington)
As he noted in his commencement speech, David encouraged the Class of 2018 to Dare to Fail and Stay Awake. “Stay Awake in life…always thinking outside the box. Always be present and always dare to fail,” explained Murphy to an enthusiastic crowd. “I want to leave you with a final quote by Maya Angelou… ‘If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be in the present… gratefully.’ Good luck to all of you soon to be Oregon Tech alumni.”
Outstanding Community Service Award
B.A.S. Technology and Management
The Outstanding Community Service Award is intended for the student or students who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. This is exemplified by high moral standards, a cooperative attitude with community leaders, and demonstrated service to others. This year’s recipient is Craig Cedros. Craig graduates with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology and Management at the Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville.
Most Dedicated Student Award
Health Care Management
The Most Dedicated Student Award was established in 1967 by alumnus Jessee Barker. The award is presented to one student each year who, in the opinion of the faculty, has been involved in campus activities and helped make a difference on campus for the students. Faith Lee was awarded the Most Dedicated Student Award in 2018.
The Management Department at the Oregon Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS, 66213 USA. For a list of accredited programs click here.