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Students worship at ORU's commencement ceremony. Image: ORU.

As other campuses protest, ORU commencement shows unity in viral video

More than eight million people in the past week have viewed Oral Roberts University’s Instagram reel showcasing the 2024 commencement ceremony. The clip highlights ORU’s graduating class and their passionate unity, singing “Goodness of God” by CeCe Winans.

The viral moment is a contrast to the protests, canceled graduations and campus unrest facing many U.S. colleges. It is a reminder that division isn’t everywhere. In America, unity can still be found.

“This video and the global response to it are testaments to the Spirit-empowered culture at our university,” President Dr. William M. Wilson said. “Our graduates receive an education that is both academically excellent and spiritually enriching. The fact that our commencement worship resonated with millions shows that faith is important to the world. People want to experience God’s love, and they are seeking peace in the midst of drama and trauma. To God be the glory.”

The class of 2024 was the largest graduating class in the university’s history, with 925 degree candidates. ORU senior Alexis Franklin was at this year’s record-breaking graduation and captured the viral moment.

“That song represents so many stories at ORU,” she said. “The lyrics encompass all the emotions of someone who has finished their degree. The class of 2024 made it to the finish line, and this moment was like capturing everybody’s ‘thank you’ to God.”

Kimmie Simon, director of ORU’s Worship Center, shared how worship can heal division: “Even though we come from different walks of life, different seasons and different places, we can worship the same God in spirit and truth. Worship is a powerful change agent that brings us closer to Jesus and closer as members of the body of Christ. Worship is not only a part of who we are at ORU; it’s who we are as believers.”

In the last academic year, ORU recorded more than 6,500 students and welcomed the largest freshman class in the University’s history, with students from all over the world 152 nations and all 50 states.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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