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New OCU Students Head Back to School With Entertainment
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University students have started gearing up for the start of the fall semester with a week-long calendar of welcoming activities called “Love the Blue.” “We are delighted to welcome a new class of students to Oklahoma City University this week,” OCU President Tom McDaniel said. The traditional return-to-school activities will begin Tuesday morning as the freshmen move into their dorms. Upperclassmen will roll up their sleeves and help their freshmen classmates get settled. The Matriculation Convocation begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Clara E. Jones Administration Building. New undergraduates will walk across campus to the Bishop Angie W. Smith Chapel for a celebratory welcoming ceremony. The President’s Welcome Dinner is Wednesday in the McDaniel University Center. “Playfair” in the Freede Wellness Center beginning at 10:15 a.m. Thursday will offer a chance for new undergraduates to make new friends. Author Da Chen will discuss his book “Sounds of the River” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatcik Fine Arts building. Chen will return at 9 a.m. Friday for an informal conversation with students. The “Blue Out Blow Out” will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Freede Wellness Center. Trip’s Famous Block Party offers students the chance to cut loose Saturday night before studying begins. As with the rest of the year, campus safety is a top priority for campus administrators. “We are continually assessing our safety practices to give our students the best possible environment in which to grow and learn,” McDaniel said. OCU has a full-fledged police department and all orientation activities are closed-campus events open only to OCU students.