Photo of Soapbox at Ovation

With a nod to its role as a showcase for student achievement, Ovation 2017 was a vibrant, multi-day festival.

Rousing applause for bigger, broader Ovation

May 3, 2017

A bold, new approach to Ovation brought sweeping festivity and collaborative engagement to campus for a multi-event extravaganza that showcased the richness and diversity of student success.

With a nod to its 10-year anniversary, Ovation 2017 was 10 days of events that centered on research and scholarship, the arts, experiential learning and athletics.

Celebration Spanning April 19-28

The festival began with a Marting Humanities Lecture, which featured a conservator from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Other Ovation programs included the student art exhibition, Conservatory of Music and theatre events, gospel choir concert, track and field competition, Summer Scholars presentations and the Jacket Philanthropy Program awards ceremony.

On April 27, BW held its showcase event, the Day of Excellence, which included mainstay activities like poster presentations, displays, live presentations and performances. Among new activities, BW hosted a coffee shop in Marting Lounge and a soapbox at Lyceum Square, where students could engage passersby with poignant dialogue. The culminating program was the Honors Awards Ceremony, where faculty and students were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Photo of Soapbox at Ovation

    Poised and passionate soap box presentations brought to life the value of a liberal arts education, as seen here with Bruck Gezahegn '17.

  • Photo of Ovation poster presentation

    Poster presentations enabled students to share their insights about research and projects.

  • Photo from musical Lizzie

    Freshmen Veronica Otim and Kailey Boyle wowed audiences in the rock musical "Lizzie," presented in honor of BW's 10-year collaboration with Playhouse Square.

  • Photo of Sparky Adams Track and Field Meet

    Athletics were an instrumental part of this year's Ovation Festival, which included the Sparky Adams Track and Field Invitational.

  • Photo from Jacket Philanthropy

    New to Ovation this year was the Jacket Philanthropy Program Awards Ceremony. This event was the culmination of a semester-long initiative that united students with community organizations.

  • Photo of musical presentation at Ovation

    Ovation is one of many opportunities Conservatory of Music students have to showcase their talent, as seen here with Emily Small '17.