Ohio Wesleyan University Welcomes Class of 2016

New Students Include 20 High School Valedictorians; Represent 33 States, 22 Countries

As part of this year’s Aug. 23 convocation, OWU 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 in 1842. Jones is shown here at the 2011 convocation. (Photo by Sara Blake)

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome its Class of 2016 and celebrate the start of the 2012-2013 academic year with a convocation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in Phillips Glen behind University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event also will be streamed live at http://stream.owu.edu.

These students will gather in the glen again in four years to walk across the stage, turn their tassels, and receive their Ohio Wesleyan diplomas.

With approximately 600 students, Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2016 represents the university’s largest incoming class in more than five years. The class includes students from 33 states and 22 countries, with the largest numbers of non-Ohio U.S. students coming from New York, California, and Massachusetts, and the largest numbers of international students from Pakistan, Vietnam, and China.

The Class of 2016 has an average grade point average of 3.5 and includes 20 students who served as their high school valedictorians. Of the students reporting class rank, 33 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and 63 percent were in the top 25 percent. Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2016 will be 50 percent male and 50 percent female.

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

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 in 1842.

Additional convocation speakers will include student Anthony McGuire, a senior from Wellington, New Zealand, and president of the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs. McGuire is an economics and politics and government double major.

Learn more about attending Ohio Wesleyan University at http://choose.owu.edu.


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 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2012 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.

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