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Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates Start of 2011-2012 Academic Year
University’s Class of 2015 Represents 39 States, 22 Countries

August 15, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan will welcome its Class of 2015 at an outdoor convocation ceremony on Aug. 18.
Photo by Paul Molitor
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome its Class of 2015 and celebrate the start of the 2011-2012 academic year with a convocation ceremony at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in Phillips Glen behind University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event also will be streamed live at StreamOWU.

The convocation ceremony will be the first to be held outdoors in Phillips Glen (weather permitting), where the students will come together again in four years to walk across the stage, turn their tassels, and receive their Ohio Wesleyan diplomas.

The OWU Class of 2015 represents more than 500 students from 39 states and 22 countries, with the greatest numbers of non-Ohio U.S. students coming from New York and California and the greatest numbers of international students coming from Pakistan and Vietnam.

The first-year students have an average grade point average of 3.41, making them well-prepared for the rigors of an Ohio Wesleyan education. A total of 32 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, while 61 percent were in the top 25 percent. The class will be 45.5 percent male and 54.5 percent female.

For those who have declared majors, the largest numbers of new students plan to study biology, followed closely by economics management, pre-medicine, and psychology.

As part of this year’s convocation, President Rock Jones, Ph.D., will give remarks and ring in the academic year with a ceremonial bell that has been used to call classes together at Ohio Wesleyan since its founding. New this year, the students will be presented with individual bells to commemorate the historic ceremony and the start of their college careers.

Additional convocation speakers will include student Sharif Kronemer, a senior from Silver Spring, Md., who is president of the Wesleyan Council of Student Affairs. Kronemer is a neuroscience major and philosophy minor who plans to pursue a doctorate in either neuroscience or cognitive science after earning his OWU degree.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.