Oak and Ivy

Simeon Pogue, Features Editor

The nominee list is out, and the recipients of the Oak and Ivy Award will be announced in less than two weeks. But some are asking, “What is Oak and Ivy?”

In 1954, when Wesleyan moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, former President Harold Hamilton wanted to start a spring festival to celebrate the move to Owensboro.

In the spring, the trees began to bloom and the campus really began to take shape. This is how Oak and Ivy was formed.

The Oak and Ivy seal is an oak cross with ivy around it. Oak symbolizes strength of character, endurance of purpose and hardiness of spirit. Meanwhile, ivy represents the bond of friendship, constant devotion and lasting memories. To consecrate the attributes symbolized by Oak and Ivy, the cross is used to signify Christian commitment.

Kentucky Wesleyan is the only college to have the Oak and Ivy banquet. It is very unique to Owensboro and to KWC.

Oak and Ivy is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon students.
Every year, full-time faculty and administrative staff vote on students to receive the award.

Notable Wesleyan alumnus who are members of the order include Scott Kramer, Matt Ruark, and Louise Clausen. Notable Wesleyan graduates who were not inducted as students include President Darrell and Professor Connelly.

After voting, only six students are inducted into the Order of Oak and Ivy.
Good luck to all the nominees.