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Bobcat spirit on display at Class of 2020 photo shoot


The newest members of the Ohio University family spent some time during Go Green weekend showing off their Bobcat and class spirit during a relatively new OHIO tradition.

The Class of 2020 took the field at Peden Stadium the evening of Aug. 20 for a group photo marking the start of their OHIO journey and only the second year for this new Bobcat rite of passage. The event was the first time the Class of 2020 gathered as one, and despite the threat of rain, the first-year students seized the opportunity to tap into their Bobcat pride.

Here are some highlights from the event:

First-year students walk onto the football field at Peden Stadium for the official Ohio University Class of 2020 photo on Saturday, Aug. 20.

First-year students walk onto the football field at Peden Stadium for the official Ohio University Class of 2020 photo on Saturday, Aug. 20. Members of “the most exciting band in the land,” OHIO’s Marching 110, helped arrange the students for the photo, providing an opportunity for the University’s newest Bobcats to interact with some upperclassmen. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, directs students on the field during the Class of 2020 photo.

Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, directs students on the field during the Class of 2020 photo. Hall-Jones welcomed the students to their new home away from home and led them in some chants of “OU, Oh Yeah!” Photo by Kaitlin Owens

First-year students Katie Lovgren (left) and Kylie Gardner visit with their fellow Bobcats before the Class of 2020 photo at Peden Stadium.

First-year students Katie Lovgren (left) and Kylie Gardner visit with their fellow Bobcats before the Class of 2020 photo at Peden Stadium. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Jaime Kosiorek, a member of OHIO’s Volleyball Team, leads her teammates in teaching the Class of 2020 Ohio University’s fight song, “Stand Up and Cheer.”

Jaime Kosiorek, a member of OHIO’s Volleyball Team, leads her teammates in teaching the Class of 2020 Ohio University’s fight song, “Stand Up and Cheer.” Kosiorek gave a shout-out to her brother, Sam, a member of the Class of 2020, and extended a personal invitation to the class to attend the team’s match against Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Convocation Center. Last year’s Volleyball Team won the MAC Championship and earned OHIO its 10th trip to the NCAA Championship. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Members of the Class of 2020 show off their Bobcat pride while learning “Stand Up and Cheer,” which has been sung in support of OHIO’s athletic teams since the early 1900s.

Members of the Class of 2020 show off their Bobcat pride while learning “Stand Up and Cheer,” which has been sung in support of OHIO’s athletic teams since the early 1900s. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Members of OHIO’s Volleyball Team throw balls to first-year students after teaching them the University’s fight song.

Members of OHIO’s Volleyball Team throw balls to first-year students after teaching them the University’s fight song. Joining the Volleyball Team in welcoming the Class of 2020 to OHIO was Deane Webb, head coach of the volleyball team, and Saul Phillips, head coach of the Ohio University Men’s Basketball Team. Phillips welcomed the students to “the greatest four years of their lives” and encouraged them to spend some time during their years at OHIO supporting the University’s various athletic teams. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Martha Compton, director of community standards and student responsibility, helps arrange members of the Class of 2020 before the photo shoot.

Martha Compton, director of community standards and student responsibility, helps arrange members of the Class of 2020 before the photo shoot. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

First-year students Rosa Negash (left) and Jalicia Ruttino pose for a photo during the Class of 2020 photo shoot.

First-year students Rosa Negash (left) and Jalicia Ruttino pose for a photo during the Class of 2020 photo shoot. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis takes his position for the official OHIO Class of 2020 photo, standing on the 50-yard line at Peden Stadium.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis takes his position for the official OHIO Class of 2020 photo, standing on the 50-yard line at Peden Stadium. Photo by Kaitlin Owens

This, the official Ohio University Class of 2020 photo, was unveiled at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students on Sunday, Aug. 21, where the newest Bobcats were inducted into the OHIO community.

This, the official Ohio University Class of 2020 photo, was unveiled at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students on Sunday, Aug. 21, where the newest Bobcats were inducted into the OHIO community. Nick Bolin with OHIO’s Marching 110 captured the entire Class of 2020 photo shoot experience in a time-lapse video available here. Photo by Ben Siegel