NORMAN — Members of the University of Oklahoma class of 2017 were greeted Thursday by peers, faculty, regents and President David Boren at the annual New Sooner Convocation in the Lloyd Noble Center.
Boren observed that Thursday’s convocation was the largest in recent memory, as incoming freshmen and their families crowded into the stadium to hear remarks from OU Student Government Association president Ernest Ezeugo and Dean of Students Clarke Stroud.
“I’ve loved my time here at OU not specifically because of what I’ve learned, but what I’ve unlearned,” Ezeugo said. “Growth is more based on your mistakes than a series of winnings and successes, expectations can be high but must be realistic, and rather than ‘finding yourself’ in college, create yourself.”
Boren assured incoming students that college would be the most remarkable, formative years of their lives, urging students to shape themselves into who they wanted to be.
“The university is the most important institution in society because it is the only place we store and preserve all of human history and ideas. Here, you will confront those ideas ad test your thinking against them,” Boren said.
Boren also praised the impressive academic achievements of the class’s students, noting that one of every 10 of them graduated high school with a 4.0 grade point average, with 170 National Merit Scholars and 300 State Regents Scholars among them.
Currently numbering 4,016 students, the class of 2017 may be the largest incoming class at OU when enrollment closes.
“Today as you join the University of Oklahoma, know that if you learn how to bring the kindness and sense of community you experience here to every place you go, this university can continue to be a model of kindness and civility to the world,” Boren said.