Oakwood Begins 2019-2020 School Year

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During New Student Orientation, August 7-13, 2019, hundreds of new students and their families arrived on the campus of Oakwood University, completed the steps of registration, and moved into the residence halls. Click here to see the 2019 New Student Orientation Field Guide.

On Thursday afternoon, following a refreshing dish of frozen yogurt served by the Alumni Relations Office, the “Parting Ceremony” took place in the Millet Activity Center. Students and their families had the opportunity to pray together one last time and say their goodbyes. New students then walked out of the building and into their new academic experience as students of Oakwood University.

Part of the New Student Orientation activities included visiting the academic departments, to learn about career options in the various areas of study. 

On-campus micro-internships and employment opportunities were shared during the On-Campus Job Fair, held on the lawn of the Career Connections Center. On-the-Spot applications and interviews were available to all students.


Classroom instruction for all students began on August 14. “We are looking forward to another fantastic school year, filled with God’s blessings on our students and employees,” said Dr. Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University. More photos are available online in Oakwood’s flickr gallery. 

To dedicate the new school year to God, and to renew institutional commitment to the Oakwood University mission, Academic Convocation is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, beginning at 9:50 a.m. The theme is “Nothing to Fear: Celebrating Goodness in the Face of Hate.” Participants will include administrators, and Oakwood University students, as well as students from all grades at Oakwood Adventist Academy. 

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The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.