On Thursday, August 23, Capital University will celebrate the arrival of the class of 2016 with new-student move-in beginning at 8 a.m., an Opening Ceremony with the full University community at 3 p.m., and the traditional class procession along Main Street from Pleasant Ridge Avenue through Memorial Gateway at about 4 p.m.
Nearly 700 first-time, first-year students and more than 80 transfer students are expected to arrive Thursday to participate in a day of orientation events to help students connect with each other and the University, engage in student and academic life, honor University tradition and build community and school spirit.
The day will culminate with Opening Ceremony, a calling together of the academic community to mark the beginning of a new year. It will be held in The Capital Center Performance Arena, located at the corner of Pleasant Ridge Avenue and Mound Street. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. with the academic procession — University leadership and the faculty will be dressed in full regalia. Capital President Denvy A. Bowman will offer remarks, along with Richard Ashbrook, provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs; Associate Provost Betty Lovelace-Ross; and Student Government President Bobbie Wilson.
At the close of Opening Ceremony, the faculty will lead new students in a procession west along Main Street from Pleasant Ridge Avenue and through Capital’s Memorial Gateway, where University leadership, staff, parents and alumni will line the brick pathway inside the gates and welcome them with applause. Memorial Gateway is located at Main Street and Drexel Avenue.
The procession through Memorial Gateway has become a rite of passage for new students, marking their official entrance into the Capital community and the start of their undergraduate journey. The day will conclude with a community cookout on the quad with music by MoJoFlo and the beginning of fall orientation.
Some distinguishing characteristics about Capital class of 2016:
- It’s expected to be about 700 students strong. Combined with the number of students transferring to Capital from another institution, the total incoming class is expected to be nearly 800 students strong.
- The class of 2016 is on track to keep pace with the impressive academic credentials of the class of 2015, continuing a multiyear pattern of academic strength.
WHAT: Capital University will celebrate the arrival of the class of 2016 with a day full of events.
WHEN: Thursday, August 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Capital University, 1 College and Main, in Bexley. Move-in is centralized at Pleasant Ridge Avenue and Mound Street. Opening Ceremony takes place in The Capital Center Performance Arena, corner of Pleasant Ridge and Mound Street. Memorial Gateway Procession runs from Pleasant Ridge Avenue west along Main Street to the gateway across from Drexel Avenue.
8-10 a.m. — Capital ROTC students, student-athletes and faculty and staff volunteers help parents and students unload cars and carry items into their rooms.
3 p.m. — Academic procession in full regalia, President Denvy A. Bowman gives remarks at Opening Ceremony.
4-4:30 p.m. — Entering class processes along Main Street through Memorial Gateway while University leadership, faculty, parents and staff applaud their entry into Capital’s academic community.
PARKING: Anywhere along Main Street.
Contact: Nichole Johnson
Director of media relations and communications
Cell: (614) 440-9158