Oglethorpe Day 2015 in Pictures

A beloved tradition, Oglethorpe Day annually celebrates our university’s namesake with the “Petrels of Fire” race around the quad and guest speakers. Flip through the photos to see scenes from the day!  In 2015, we welcomed a panel of Atlanta leaders: Doug Shipman, Robert Franklin, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Lisa Borders, for a conversation moderated …

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, Atlanta arts leader Richard Garner to Speak at 2015 Commencement

The 2015 Oglethorpe University commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. on the academic quadrangle of campus. Oglethorpe President Lawrence M. Schall and Board of Trustees Chair Ceree Eberly, Chief People Officer at The Coca-Cola Company, will preside over the commencement ceremony for approximately 170 graduates. During the ceremony, Oglethorpe …

Greek Life: Redefined

Greek life at many colleges is often plagued with headline-making issues like alcohol abuse, hazing, and sexism. Fraternities and sororities around the country are struggling with dwindling enrollment, and some colleges and universities have eliminated Greek life altogether, deeming the system too problematic to fix. That is not the Greek life that exists at Oglethorpe. …

100 Years on Peachtree: Oglethorpe’s Enduring Story of Persistence

It has been said that Oglethorpe University died at Gettysburg. When all the young scholars went off to war, faculty were dispersed, the endowment invested in Confederate bonds, and the buildings used as barracks and hospitals and later burned, Old Oglethorpe in Midway, Georgia, was no more. Nescit Cedere! Oglethorpe and its supporters did not …

The Refounding of Oglethorpe University

By Thornwell Jacobs, President of Oglethorpe University (1915-1943) March 1927 In all the history of American educational institutions there has never been written a more charming chapter, interwoven with real romance and moral beauty, than the story of the birth and death of Old Oglethorpe University. And rarely has there been in America a finer illustration …

“Gables Oglethorpe” Residential Community to Open in 2015

Oglethorpe University and Gables Residential, Inc., a real estate development company headquartered in Atlanta, have partnered to construct Gables Oglethorpe, a mixed-use luxury apartment community at the corner of Peachtree Road and Hermance Drive. Gables Residential will lease approximately seven acres of land from the university via a long-term land lease agreement, and will construct, …

Oglethorpe’s ODK Circle Recognized for Achievement and Excellence

      In July 2014, the Oglethorpe University was recognized as an ODK Circle of Distinction for the 2013-2014 academic year. Omicron Delta Kappa is a highly selective honor society that encourages and rewards the highest standards of excellence for young leaders and innovators at universities nationwide. In a letter to Dr. Jay Lutz, Oglethorpe’s …

Oglethorpe Day 2014 Welcomes Arthur Blank & Freddie the Atlanta Falcon

Oglethorpe Day, one of the university’s most cherished annual traditions, honors our namesake, James Edward Oglethorpe. Usually held in February, Oglethorpe Day commemorates the anniversary of General Oglethorpe’s arrival in the new world in Savannah, Ga. In 2014, the scheduled Oglethorpe Day was snowed out, so the festivities were rescheduled for a bright and sunny …