A beloved tradition, Oglethorpe Day annually celebrates our university’s namesake with the “Petrels of Fire” race around the quad and guest speakers. This year, we welcomed Jason Carter, former Georgia state senator and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center.
See photos and a social media round-up from the day’s festivities!
Oglethorpe Day is an annual celebration of our university’s namesake, General James Oglethorpe, and features the Petrels of Fire race on the quad, followed by a guest speaker in the Conant Performing Arts Center. This year, we welcomed Jason Carter, Board Chair of the Carter Center. The Black Sheep Ensemble provided the lively entertainment!
Happy Oglethorpe Day! Check out photos from today’s festivities…
Oglethorpe Day excitement began to build days before the event.
Join @blacksheepens at @OglethorpeUniv this Wednesday at about 12:30! Can’t wait to rock that purty campus! https://t.co/kgwDCnR1aw
24 hours from now we’ll do it again. Will a Petrel break the record this year? Petrels of Fire race begins at 1:00PM sharp tomorrow on the quad! More info: oglethorpe.edu/oglethorpeday
124 Likes, 1 Comments – Oglethorpe University (@oglethorpeuniv) on Instagram: “24 hours from now we’ll do it again. Will a Petrel break the record this year? Petrels of Fire race…”
SGA provided free Chick-fil-A biscuits to students to kick off the Oglethorpe Day celebration!
30 Likes, 2 Comments – @oglethorpeu_sga on Instagram: “Happy Oglethorpe Day from your SGA! We had a blast serving you all Chickfila this morning!”
Happy #OglethorpeDay, my fellow Petrels! #nescitcedere @OglethorpeUniv #castleonpeachtree
Today is the day we celebrate. Happy #OglethorpeDay @OglethorpeUniv!! Let’s celebrate wizard..I mean Petrel style..
HAPPY OGLETHORPE DAY! Here’s a schedule of today’s events from The Source: http://ow.ly/YqyUK. All community members are encouraged to attend! #OD16 #True2OU
Our baker Adrianne has made delicious desserts just for you! Happy OU DAY! #oglethorpedining #eatingmadeeasy
5 Likes, 1 Comments – Oglethorpe dining (@oglethorpedining) on Instagram: “Our baker Adrianne has made delicious desserts just for you! Happy OU DAY! #oglethorpedining…”
Happy #OglethorpeDay! I’m counting down the hours until the Petrels of Fire race https://t.co/aXy5MMFeoM
OglethorpeDay celebrates my University’s unique history, learn more at https://t.co/WJkeVZGuvr
Beautiful day for Oglethorpe Day! https://t.co/NueScrKGNk
Jason Carter is here for Oglethorpe Day! #ogletag #oglethorpeuniv #OUAdmission https://t.co/oalqGyCKyo
The Black Sheep Ensemble made sure that everyone knew where the party was! They played while guests enjoyed refreshments on the quad before the Petrels of Fire race began.
OglethorpeDay 10 min until the #PetrelsofFireRace!
The race drew a record number of runners this year. One was Provost Glenn Sharfman!
Oglethorpe Day 2016 ….
163 Likes, 2 Comments – Oglethorpe University (@oglethorpeuniv) on Instagram: “Petrels of Fire runners just before the big race! #oglethorpeday”
OU student athletes competing in today’s Petrels of Fire race as part of Oglethorpe Day @OglethorpeUniv
One of things I love about my school is its traditions. Happy Oglethorpe Day!! #vsco #vscocam #vscoatlanta #ogletag #oglethorpe #petrelsonfire #race #traditions #goodpeople #goodfriends #goodtimes #girlgaze
54 Likes, 3 Comments – Audrey Stadler (@audrey.almost.hepburn) on Instagram: “One of things I love about my school is its traditions. Happy Oglethorpe Day!! #vsco #vscocam…”
Find out more about one of this year’s Petrels of Fire runners.
Oglethorpe Student Athletes Participate in “Petrels of Fire” Race as Part of Oglethorpe Day on Campus
Eight Oglethorpe student-athletes competed in the “Petrels of Fire” race Wednesday afternoon as part of the annual Oglethorpe Day celebration on the university’s campus. The event featured the participants racing the Carillon bells around the quad as the clock struck high noon, trying to cross the finish line before the last bell chimed.
The race is over but the celebration has just begun! Guest speaker @SenatorCarter in Conant. #OglethorpeDay
Our 2016 Oglethorpe Day guest speaker was Jason Carter, former GA Senator and Chair of the Carter Center.
Welcome to OU @SenatorCarter! Thanks for joining our #OglethorpeDay celebration. #tradition
@SenatorCarter’s #OglethorpeDay address included lessons from his work w/@CarterCenter, Star Wars & the Super Bowl.
Jason Carter visited Oglethorpe today to talk about leadership during our annual Oglethorpe Day Celebrations!
29 Likes, 1 Comments – OU A_LAB : Civic Engagement (@oglethorpe_cce) on Instagram: “Jason Carter visited Oglethorpe today to talk about leadership during our annual Oglethorpe Day…”
The secret to weath and power is recognizing that you have it.” -@SenatorCarter at today’s #OglethorpeDay address
Young people’s power today is global and historic.” @SenatorCarter #oglethorpeday
When you get the opportunity to perform, play the new stuff, because that’s what we’re counting on you to do. @SenatorCarter #belikebeyonce
OU senior Shelbie Wheeler was particularly happy to get a selfie with Jason Carter (notice her shirt)!
After hearing from Jason Carter, the crowd moved to the Conant Veranda to enjoy Coke floats and samples of Treehouse milk, a company owned by Jason Carter’s wife, Katie, with more festive music from the Black Sheep Ensemble.
100 Likes, 3 Comments – Oglethorpe University (@oglethorpeuniv) on Instagram: “Who’s glad we invited Black Sheep Ensemble this year?! 🎼🎷🎺🎪#oglethorpeday”
HAPPY OGLETHORPE DAY! See you next year….