NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Class of 2018 will celebrate their time at OU through a dedicated green space that will add to OU’s national reputation as one of America’s most beautiful campuses. Located along Lindsey Street in front of the newly completed Residential Colleges, this year’s class gift will fund a picturesque lawn named The Boren Green. The space honors President David L. Boren and First Lady Molly Shi Boren’s commitment to students and the university community, as well as their understanding of the importance of communal outdoor spaces and the contributions they make to each of OU’s campuses. The Boren Green will serve as a relaxing and reflective area for students, alumni and visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of campus. A commemorative plaque will recognize the Class of 2018.
Since 1906, OU students have left behind a class gift to the campus and all the students who follow in their footsteps. Among the most visible campus landmarks given as class gifts are the Cherokee Gothic arches that welcome visitors to Parrington Oval and the Asp Avenue, Elm Avenue and Brooks Street entrances as well as the Centennial Arches, a centennial birthday gift to OU from the Class of 1990, which stand sentinel at the entrance of Van Vleet Oval. Several classes have created iconic water features such as the OU Reflecting Pool at The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, originally a gift of the Class of 1934 and revived by the classes of 1960 and 2000, and the fountain and pool between Oklahoma Memorial Union and Monnet Hall, a gift of the Class of 1935.
Other class gifts include Reunion Park (classes of 1948 and 1949), located on the corner of Boyd Street and College Avenue; the Spoonholder, located in the center of Parrington Oval, which was originally a gift of the Class of 1910 and was rebuilt as a joint effort between the classes of 1949 and 1999; the Seed Sower Seal (Class of 1998), completed by artist-in-residence Paul Moore and located on Stuart Landing of Oklahoma Memorial Union; The Guardian sculpture (Class of 2002), designed by Native American artist Enoch Kelly Haney; the American Flag Plaza, located north of The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Class of 2004); a historic-style exterior clock (Class of 2005), between the Adams and Walker towers; and the Disc Ruin sculpture — created by artist Jesus Moroles and located on the south end of the Bizzell Memorial Library (Class of 2007) — which celebrates Oklahoma’s Centennial and tradition of class gifts at OU.
For more information on this year’s class gift or to make a contribution on behalf of a graduating senior, please visit ou.edu/saa and click on “Class Gift.”