House speaker is speaker for wife's graduation
When Devon Shannon graduates from Cameron University tonight, she will be in the unusual situation of watching her husband give her commencement address.
She is the wife of T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, Oklahoma's first African-American Speaker of the House and the youngest member of the House to attain the leadership position.
Shannon said she will graduate with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. It will be her second degree. She previously earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Devon Shannon is the vice president of Shannon Strategies, her husband's consulting firm.
Devon and T.W. have two children, Audrey Grace, 7, and Tahrohon Wayne II, 4. Both attend Lawton Christian School.
Shannon said she started her academic career at Cameron, where she met her future husband.
"He was standing there looking so handsome," she said.
Shannon was a communication major at CU. She spent a lot of time working on broadcast projects, both in front of and behind the camera.
She transferred to OU, only to find out that a number of classes were required at the larger school before students were allowed to have as much hands-on time in the studio as she had enjoyed at Cameron.
About two years ago, Shannon started back to school at Cameron after rediscovering her love of writing.
"I've always been a writer," she said.
She was looking online for a writing conference and discovered Cameron offers an English degree with a creative writing emphasis.
"After my kids went off to school, T.W. was just like 'you should do this, you should go back to school,'" Shannon said.