Steve Herpolshiemer, a lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, recently became the first Las Vegas police officer to graduate from the College of Liberal Studies under the partnership between the two entities. Herpolshiemer, also known by the moniker “Sooner Steve,” traveled to Norman with his children Taylor and Brandon for December convocation. Herpolshiemer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership.

Herpolshiemer has been on the Vegas force for 22 years and started college at age 25. But as is the case with many CLS students, life got busy with family and career, and education took a back seat.

“Before I knew it, a couple of decades went by. I procrastinated on my education until the University of Oklahoma came by. I was floored that I would have a chance to earn a degree from a respected university with so much tradition and acclaim,” he said. “I applied for admission on the spot.”

“A year and a half after my application, and at the age of 50, I walked the stage to take my diploma. My kids were there to watch, and that made it extra special. It was my first time in cap and gown.”

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The College of Liberal Studies is a fully accredited academic unit of the University of Oklahoma, offering 100% online, hybrid and onsite bachelor's and master's degrees for working adults and non-traditional students.

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