NORMAN — As the last strains of the University of Oklahoma fight song hung in the air at OU's Lloyd Noble Center Thursday, Adam Creed hugged his mother.
Then, he got on a bus sitting outside the center with a group of students just as new as him.
Creed, a new freshman at OU, has been on campus since Tuesday. His mother, Sally Creed, had come to Norman with him to help him move into his dorm room and settle in.
After OU's New Sooner Convocation ended Thursday afternoon, he said he was ready to be on campus.
“I feel like I've waited so long to get here,” he said.
Creed, of Richardson, Texas, plans to major in mechanical engineering. Sally Creed said she's pleased with her son's choice of university. A Louisiana State University graduate, she said she's been impressed with what she's seen from OU.
“I am so pleased with what this school has to offer,” she said.
Thursday marked the beginning of OU's Sooner Orientation Weekend, a four-day period designed to get incoming freshmen and other new students acquainted with the university before they begin classes Monday.
At more than 4,100 students, this year's freshman class is the largest in university history, topping last year's freshman class size of just more than 4,000. At the time, last year's freshman class represented the largest in state history at a four-year public university. OU's freshman classes have grown steadily in recent years, climbing from just 2,600 in 1995.
During his address to students, OU President David Boren reminded students they come to the university at a time of high unemployment, a shrinking middle class and growing concerns about the United States' declining economic stature on the world stage.