Oklahoma City University welcomed the Class of 2019 with the
annual matriculation service Aug. 19 and other events.
This class has 322
first-year students and 237 transfer students.
The new OCU Stars made their way to the Kirkpatrick Auditorium for the
official service, walking on sidewalks lined with faculty and
administrators, cheering them on.
To help the students get comfortable in their new home, a team led by
Colbi Beam, coordinator of the First Year Experience, put together a number
At the Welcome Picnic, parents and students met faculty, staff, and
administrators in a relaxed atmosphere.
OKConnect introduced students to the Oklahoma City community. Since about
60 percent of OCU’s student body comes from out of state, students were
given four options to visit notable destinations in the city and then lunch
at local restaurants in groups, accompanied by First Year Experience team
members. The choices were as follows.
- Oklahoma City National Memorial and S&B’s Burger Joint
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Big Truck Tacos
- Science Museum Oklahoma and Pizza 23
- Devon Tower and Empire Slice House
OCUReads enabled incoming students to read and discuss the book "Acts of
Faith," by Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core. Patel wrote about
how he came to appreciate his own faith community and the value of
This year’s book selection prompted the greatest response ever for the
OCUReads program; 76 percent of the students reported their participation.
Then 15 students entered the MUSINGS contest, submitting a creative
response to the book. These included a handsewn bag of interwoven fabrics
and essays and poems representing faith journeys.
The OCU Wesley Center rolled out the welcome mat as well. New students
filled Watson Lounge in the Chapel on Shining Stars Movie Night for cotton
candy, popcorn, and a screening of "Mrs. Doubtfire," all hosted by the
United Methodist campus ministry.
The Chapel also was one of the stops for Passport to the Stars, during
which small groups of students made quick stops around campus to learn how
each department can serve their needs.
Director of Religious Life Rodney Newman served on a panel at
International Student Orientation.
Rev. Newman highlighted the worship services and meals offered in the
Chapel during the year.
Church members and Pastors Jeremy Bassett and Marla Lobo from OKC-Wesley
United Methodist helped host the lunch at this orientation. They also worked
with OCU’s international office to greet students at the airport and offer
transportation to the campus.
OCU continues to have a strong connection to the Church among the
The Admissions Department reported 256 current students identify as
Last year’s classes included 37 UM clergy dependents and 13 CYME
graduates. Students in those categories receive reductions in tuition. (CYME
= Conference Youth Ministry Enterprise camp)