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University of Central Okahoma begins year with Stampede Week

Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma starts the year with its annual Stampede Week celebration on Monday. Activities run through Aug. 26.
From Staff Reports Published: August 9, 2014

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Stampede Week starts Monday and continues through Aug. 26.

The Broncho tradition signals the start of a new school year, bringing UCO students together to connect with the campus and community.

This year’s festivities will feature the music of SoMo, an R&B and pop singer-songwriter from Texas, and Josh Sallee, an Oklahoma City rapper and UCO alumnus, at 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

New this year is Freshman Convocation, set for 5 p.m. Aug. 17, at which UCO President Don Betz will welcome the class of 2018. A picnic will follow with giveaways including $2,018 in scholarships.

“The beginning of the school year is one of the most exciting times to be on campus,” said Kay Robinson, director of student engagement. “Stampede Week is an opportunity for new students to connect to the university and develop some of the lifelong friendships that will shape their college experiences.”

Stampede Week events are free and open to UCO students, faculty and staff with a valid ID.

Stampede Week Highlights


8:30 p.m. — Students can get to know each other with interactive games, a live DJ and a free cookout at “The Block” in the Suites Courtyard.

Aug. 16

8:30 p.m. — Freshman class photo in Wantland Stadium.

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Take part in games and other activities into the wee hours of the morning at Wake Up in Wantland, also in Wantland Stadium.

Aug. 17

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Orientation leaders will meet with first-time students at Old North for “Central Locate.” The session will help students find their classrooms before the first day of classes. Snow cones will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

5 p.m. — Join President Don Betz and the class of 2018 for Freshman Convocation in the Hamilton Fieldhouse. Freshmen should meet at the Central Gateway in front of Old North no later than 4:30 p.m. for the procession into convocation.

6 p.m. — Immediately following convocation, Betz will host a picnic at Broncho Lake. Tickets to the picnic will be distributed at the Freshman Convocation.

Aug. 18

9:30 a.m. to 2p.m. — Learn more about Greek life at the Fraternity and Sorority Life Fair at Broncho Lake.

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