Surprise gift for SOU grads

    <p>Denise Baratta / for the Mail Tribune{/p}<p>{/p}

    Southern Oregon University graduates smile and wave at friends and family in a crowd of thousands gathered Saturday morning at Raider Stadium in Ashland. More than 1,100 degrees were conferred on students in the university’s 92nd Commencement. The graduates got a parting gift — intended to lure them back — from President Linda Schott during the ceremony. She gave all graduates a $125 credit toward professional development programs at SOU in a surprise announcement worth more than $140,000 to the 2018 class, according to an SOU Facebook post.

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