OBU Sets Spring Commencement for Aug. 1
OBU has announced the new date and time for its 2020 Spring Commencement. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in Raley Chapel on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. OBU President Dr. Heath A. Thomas announced the new date and time during his weekly video update May 4.
The University had previously announced the event’s postponement, while a decision was being made on the new date and time. Commencement was originally scheduled for Friday, May 15.
The rescheduling of the graduation event comes as the University is in the midst of completing the final eight weeks of the spring semester through online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the semester concluding May 14. The University will also be offering its summer courses online, so students may take courses remotely this summer as well.
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With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 1,868, with students from 35 states and 34 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 28 consecutive years and Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 15 consecutive years.