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Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates Start of 2009-10 School Year
Class of 2013 Represents 38 States, 28 Countries

August 17, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome its Class of 2013 and celebrate the start of the 2009-10 academic year with a convocation ceremony at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in Gray Chapel at University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event also will be streamed live at stream.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2013 comprises more than 500 students from 38 states and 28 countries, including Vietnam, Pakistan, and China. The first-year students have an average grade point average of 3.46, making them well-prepared for the rigors of an Ohio Wesleyan education. A total of 37.5 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, while 62.4 percent were in the top 25 percent.

For those who have declared majors, the largest group—10.9 percent—will study pre-medicine. That is followed by 7.2 percent who will study economics/economics management/accounting, and 5.8 percent who will study education.

As part of this year’s convocation, President Rock Jones, Ph.D., will give remarks and ring in the new academic year with a ceremonial bell that has been used to call classes together at Ohio Wesleyan for 167 years.

Additional convocation speakers will include student Usman Javaid, a senior from Lahore, Pakistan, and president of the Wesleyan Council of Student Affairs. Javaid helped to found The Channeling Peace Initiative, which is raising funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization.

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 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.