As spring semester gets underway, it brings with it a sense of hope for the future. While students have been weathering online classes and changes to on-campus protocols for nearly a year, including social distancing and masking measures, the prospect for vaccines and warmer weather seem just around the corner. It’s been a long haul, but the light at the end of the tunnel seems closer than ever. I am excited to share this growing sense of optimism with you, along with the latest news from the Price College of Business.
Undergraduate enrollment is up 14 percent this spring compared to last spring. All of our master’s programs that are at least a year old are nationally ranked, including our full-time and part-time MBA, our EMBA in Energy, our online Master in Accountancy (MAcc) and online master in Finance, our MS in Management of Information Technology, and our traditional MAcc. These are just a few examples of how our students, faculty and staff continue to gain ground, and I am proud of their hard work.
OU will hold six in-person graduation ceremonies on the Norman campus in May to honor its graduating students, whose academic experience has been extraordinarily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Price College will join two other colleges for a ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. In addition to the Class of 2021, OU will welcome back members of the Class of 2020 – whose graduations were celebrated virtually due to COVID-19 – to participate in the in-person ceremonies. Numerous safety measures will be incorporated into the ceremonies, including masking and physical distancing of graduates and guests.