Ohio Wesleyan University’s graduating seniors will reflect upon and celebrate their college years May 7 at baccalaureate and then receive their diplomas May 8 at commencement.
Baccalaureate will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event is planned by a group of students with assistance from the Office of the Chaplain. Baccalaureate typically features poetry and verse readings, personal reflections, and dance and music performances. OWU’s Religious Life Awards also are presented during the annual celebration.
The Class of 2016 baccalaureate committee has chosen the theme “Beyond the Circles of Our Worlds” for this year’s celebration, which includes having flags from each country represented by a graduate processed onto the stage by a student from that country.
Following baccalaureate, about 400 Ohio Wesleyan seniors will cross the stage May 8 and claim their diplomas as they conclude their undergraduate careers.
The university’s 172nd annual commencement ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Mother’s Day on Merrick Lawn, located outside Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St.
In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved into Gordon Field House inside the Branch Rickey Physical Education Center, 105 S. Sandusky, where admission will be by ticket only.
Gregory L. Moore, former editor of the Denver Post and a 1976 OWU graduate, will deliver the keynote address during the commencement ceremony.
Shelli Reeves, president of the OWU Class of 2016, also will speak during the graduation celebration. Reeves is an international studies and black world studies double major from Shaker Heights.
Both OWU’s baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online at www.owu.edu/stream.