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OSU is home to many storied and well-known traditions. Yet, one annual tradition is not televised, not covered by media, and seldom spoken of outside of the OSU family. Every spring the campus erupts with blooms, bursting forth in every hue on Mother Nature’s palette. Campus-wide the earth is suddenly awash with the colors of spring: redbud, forsythia, daffodils, and tulips start this colorful parade. Next come dogwood, crabapple, magnolia, and lilac. This springtime color wheel concludes with azalea and the wisteria vines gracing Enarson Hall. Poets have linked spring with youth for millennia. Perhaps 36

nowhere else is spring a better metaphor for youth than on a college


campus, where spring signifies the end of a successful year. For seniors, the season is a true harbinger of rebirth through the graduation ceremony, where one by one as the flowers bloom and diplomas are handed out, these OSU students are reborn, standing on their own, ready to take their places in the world.


A glimpse of Oxley Hall through a veil of magnolia blossoms. Oxley Hall is an example of English Renaissance architecture and was OSU’s first women’s dormitory.

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