Inaugural events in April celebrate new president


OCU will celebrate the inauguration of Robert Henry, the university’s 17th president, with events throughout the week of April 3-7.

The celebrations that week will kick off at the 10:50 a.m. worship service April 3 at OKC-St. Luke’s UMC. Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. will deliver the sermon.

The formal inaugural ceremony will be at 10 a.m. April 6 in the Freede Wellness and Activity Center, at N.W. 27th and Florida Avenue.

 A number of same-day activities will follow the ceremony:

  • OCU’s Meinders School of Business will host symposia from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring distinguished panelists on philanthropy, health, law, energy, and the economy.

  • At 4:30, the Grand Opening will showcase the addition to the Kramer School of Nursing.

  • New York Times columnist David Brooks will give a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Freede Center, as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

On April 7, the School of Law hosts the Quinlan Lecture at 5 p.m., featuring former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan.

For details, call Elizabeth Newton, 405-208-7000, or visit