STILLWATER — The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga can wait, President Burns Hargis told members of Oklahoma State University's largest freshman class since 1982 during a welcoming ceremony Friday.
"Every now and then, take out your earbuds from your iPod and listen to the chimes of the library tower," Hargis said to a crowd of approximately 2,400 students, parents and faculty who gathered in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the university's first New Student Convocation.
Many students got their first glimpse of the building, which Hargis called the rowdiest arena in America. They were greeted by a bagpipe procession and applause from close to 100 administrators and faculty members who gave up their last Friday night before classes begin to welcome the new students.
Hargis has high hopes for the class of 2014, which already has achieved several distinctions.
He said students come from 44 states and nearly 30 countries. This class, with more than 3,400 students, is OSU's highest ranking class academically, Hargis said.
For the first time in the university's history, the average ACT score for the freshman class was above 25. And, for the second year in a row, OSU has more freshmen (505) who finished high school with a 4.0 GPA than any other public university in the state, Hargis said.