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History of Oklahoma City University

Mission and Vision

Strategic Plan Framework - Focus Areas

OCU at a Glance/Quick Facts

OCU Traditions

Alma Mater

Hail, Alma Mater, honored by all We love your Gothic towers

so stately and tall, Cherish your noble name but hold still more dear,

Your wisdom, truth and faith to us given here.

Your sons and daughters, scholars so true,

Carry your banner high of white and blue.

May those who are to follow in future days,

Find light to guide their steps in all their ways.

Fight Song

O-C-U, on to victory O-C-U, on to victory

Blue and White forever Fight on to victory!


Stars! Stars! OCU!

Annual Events

Oklahoma City University has a vibrant campus life with a wide array of exciting events and activities. A number of annual events are part of the rich tradition of the University.

  • Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, Stars Week: New Student Orientation is held for all entering first-year and new transfer students. The activities of Stars Week include OKConnect: Stars Week Service Project, Traditions Rally, and First Year Follies.
  • Every August, Matriculation Convocation, a special ceremony, is held to welcome new students to the institution and kick off the academic year.
  • The Student Activities Council coordinates a comprehensive array of free student events including Back To School Bash, Late Night Breakfast and Summer Send-off.
  • Multicultural Student Organizations host cultural activities throughout the year celebrating Black History Month, Diwali, Hispanic Heritage, Lunar New Year, National Coming Out Day, an annual powwow, and more.
  • OCU is committed to developing servant leaders. Through the Division of Student Affairs students can participate in an event dedicated to leadership development and training called the Student Leadership Summit. Executive members and emerging leaders are highly encouraged to attend each year.
  • The Distinguished Speakers Series enriches the academic community in a Chautauqua experience that is free and open to the public. Nobel Laureates have joined a remarkable line-up of world-class thinkers, writers, and opinion–leaders including environmental activist Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and author David Brooks.
  • During the academic year, a speaker outstanding in his or her field is obtained to address the student body in the Willson Lectures, a series made possible by an endowment given by Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Willson of Floydada, Texas.
  • Near the end of the school year, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Sponsors Spring Sing. All campus organizations may enter musical ensembles in the competition.
  • The Religious Life Office sponsors a number of worship services, special convocations, small group offerings, seminars, mission and service projects throughout the year. The OCU campus community annually joins together to celebrate unity and diversity for Love Not Hate Day and Better Together Week.
  • A number of groups from off-campus visit OCU each year. Alumni are invited back to OCU for Homecoming. Homecoming provides we long programing including OKConnect: Service work for Homecoming, Lip Sync, Stars on the Plaza, Legacy Speaker, and campus Parade.
  • Families are invited to spend a day with their student OCU during Parent and Family Day.
  • Annual admissions events for potential students include Stars 101, Preview Day, United Methodist Youth Day, and Native American United Methodist Youth Day. These events bring groups of future collegians to OCU for campus tours, information, and counseling sessions.
  • Each spring the University Honors Program sponsors Undergraduate Research Day (URD). All undergraduates are invited to submit posters or presentations of scholarly or creative work completed within the previous 12 months. Faculty judges in various categories select winners who receive cash prizes. Click here for more information.
  • Oklahoma City University Star Dancers present Holiday Spectacular in the fall and Move! Dance for the World of Entertainment in the spring. The Student Choreography Show is presented each fall.
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