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Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates Start of 2008-09 School Year
New President Rock Jones to Lead Aug. 21 Convocation Ceremony

August 18, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome its Class of 2012 and celebrate the start of the 2008-09 academic year with a special convocation ceremony at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 in Gray Chapel at University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event also will be streamed live at Stream OWU.

As part of this year’s convocation, President Rock Jones, Ph.D., will ring a ceremonial bell that has been used to call classes together at Ohio Wesleyan for 165 years.

Originally, the hand bell was lent to the Academy, a predecessor of the university, by Nicholas Jones of Delaware. The bell later was used to call the first classes at Ohio Wesleyan in 1842 and was formally presented to the university on Nov. 13, 1941—the 100th anniversary of Founders’ Day. The bell was presented by Nicholas Jones’s great-grandson, Wyford D. Jones, a 1934 Ohio Wesleyan graduate.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2012 includes students from 38 states and 26 countries, including India, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam. The nearly 600 students have an average grade point average of 3.38, making them well-prepared for the challenges of an Ohio Wesleyan liberal arts education.

A total of 34 percent of the incoming class were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, while 60 percent were in the top 25 percent.

For those who have declared majors, the largest group—8.6 percent—plans to study economics/economics management. That is followed by 8.2 percent who will major in education, and 8 percent who will study pre-medicine.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.