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Orientation leaders, Resident Assistants (RAs) and the St. Gregory’s University community have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of new students on campus. On Friday, August 21, students and families made their journeys to campus for move-in day.

Amber Brockhaus, an incoming freshman from Oklahoma City, Okla. said she knew she had to choose St. Gregory’s after a campus visit.

Deal means pre-paid scholarships for students, financial strength for school

St. Gregory’s University announced today a historic agreement, establishing a $5 million prepaid tuition program between St Gregory’s Abbey, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the University. The Nation, under the leadership of Chairman Rocky Barrett, will provide scholarships to members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN). Over the next six years, 60 students will receive up to four years of full scholarships to attend St. Gregory’s.

In the fall of 1961, Don Sumner spoke to the St. Gregory’s High School booster club for the very first time. He spoke of his love for the school and his hopes to be a part of the St. Gregory’s family one day. Sumner was an OBU graduate, who had just started teaching biology and coaching football and basketball at St. Gregory’s high school.

Now 45 years, 12 offices, 11 University Presidents, 6 Abbots, and 8 job titles later, you can probably say that Coach Sumner has indeed become part of the St. Gregory’s family!

St. Gregory’s University is now enrolling for the Certificate in Catechetics summer program being held on June 12-13, June 19-20 and June 26-27. Students can earn their certificate in three weekend courses, or sequentially over a three year period.

This summer program is ideally suited for catechist, Catholic teachers, parents or anyone else interested in participating in the “new evangelization” and the revitalization of Western culture.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Certification in Catechetics, students will be able to:

The following speech was given by Father Larry Snyder on May 16 at St. Gregory's 2015 Commencement Ceremony

St. Gregory’s University Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Humanities Dr. Tash Smith’s book Capture These Indians for the Lord has been chosen to receive the 2014 Saddlebag Selection Award from the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church.

St. Gregory’s University celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 on Saturday at the W. P. Wood Fieldhouse on the St. Gregory’s campus in Shawnee, conferring 168 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees to students from both the Shawnee and Tulsa campus.

St. Gregory’s President D. Gregory Main noted this year’s graduation is particularly special as the University’s celebrates the centennial of Benedictine Hall and the establishment of the Shawnee campus.

On Sunday, May 3, St. Gregory’s University faculty and staff came together to honor students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Studies for their academic achievements throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory’s University will premiere their upcoming original ballet Danvers’ Lilly on Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Sarkeys Performing Arts Center.

Danvers’ Lilly was composed by Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus, Lyndsy Perkins, who also wrote the storyline for the ballet. The choreography was prepared by St. Gregory’s University dance instructors, Dr. Jessica Van Oort and Amy Nevius.

St. Gregory’s University graduate student Melanie Rinehart placed third in the high growth graduate division of the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup business plan competition.

The Governor’s Cup is a statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real world process of researching a market, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors.