|Oakwood Industrial School|
Oakwood Manual Training School
Oakwood Junior College
|Motto||Education, Excellence, Eternity|
|Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|Campus||Suburban, 1,185 acres (5 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
|Athletics||USCAA Division I|
|Nickname||Ambassadors / Lady Ambassadors|
Oakwood University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (through the Adventist Accrediting Association) to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.
The Aeolians, Oakwood University's premier touring ensemble, was founded in 1946 by former professor, Dr. Eva B. Dykes. This choir has 45–60 members from various disciplines, and the group travel nationally and internationally as musical ambassadors for the University. The choir has visited Romania, Great Britain, Poland, Jamaica, and Bermuda among other locations. The group has also performed at the White House for President Bill Clinton and at the Kennedy Center, both in Washington, D.C. The current conductor of the ensemble is Jason Max Ferdinand, M.M., a graduate of Oakwood University and Morgan State University and a former Aeolian. He is also the current conductor of the Oakwood University Choir. Other musical ensembles on campus include gospel choirs Dynamic Praise, Voices of Triumph, the group Serenity winners of the First Season of "Making The Group" reality show competition. Oakwood University is known for its legacy of great music. In 2010, an Oakwood-based vocal group, Committed, won the a capella TV competition The Sing-off. The group is featured in Jacob Collier's 2019 recording and video of Lionel Richie's song All Night Long (All Night).
At the 2008 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Orlando, Florida, Oakwood University team members brought home the trophy. This competition featured 64 teams from historically black colleges and universities around the nation. In addition to winning the championship, Oakwood University received a grant of $50,000 from the American Honda Motor Company. Both the quiz bowl and basketball teams adjusted their playing schedules to not play on Saturday, the day observed as the Sabbath (Oakwood University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution), and both teams still emerged as champions over Alcorn State University. At the 2009 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, the team, led by captain Alesis Turner, returned to again be named the champions (the team played in the final rounds against North Carolina Central University). In 2017, Oakwood for the third time won the HCASC Tournament, defeating Bowie State University in the finals without losing a game the entire tournament. 2017 marked the 28th season of the tournament. The school joins Tuskegee University, Florida A&M University, and Morehouse College, as the only schools to win back-to-back championships at HCASC.
Oakwood University's athletic teams are known as the Ambassadors and Lady Ambassadors. The university competes as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Oakwood fields 7 sports, men's teams include baseball, basketball, and soccer while women's teams include basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The university also offers several intramural sport activities.
The Ambassadors men's basketball team won the 2008 USCAA National Championship in the team's first season a member of the association. The Ambassadors won their second USCAA Division I National Championship in March 2012 against Rochester College, and their third in March 2016. The university became the first college or university in Alabama to win three men's basketball championships when the Ambassadors defeated Concordia College to win the 2019 Division I USAA Championship. The Ambassadors men's basketball team won the university's fourth title in 2019 with a 58-57 win against Bluefield State.
Adventist Colleges Abroad
Adventist Colleges Abroad is a program that allows Oakwood students to spend time studying at Adventist universities outside of the United States while earning credit for the degree they are pursuing at Oakwood.
|Dr. Delbert Baker||1975||Administrator, educator, author and former president of Oakwood University (currently serves on the White House Board for HBCUs)|||
|Barry Black||former U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains and Chaplain of the U.S. Senate|
|Ronald Brise||Florida State Representative|
|Angela Brown||Soprano Opera Singer|
|Natalie Cadet||Singer, member of Cadet Sisters|
|Alvin Chea||Member of the gospel group Take 6|
|Clifton Davis||Actor, Pastor, Singer, Songwriter|
|Hallerin Hilton Hill||radio talk show host, WNOX Knoxville, Tennessee|
|T. R. M. Howard||1931||Civil Rights Leader, Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Mentor to Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer|
|Heather Knight||1982||President of Pacific Union College|
|Davido||Nigerian Afropop musician|
|Brian McKnight||R&B Singer/musician, and also brother of alumnus Claude McKnight|
|Claude McKnight||Member of the gospel group Take 6|
|Toni Neal||Traffic Anchor, WSB-TV Atlanta, Georgia|
|Wintley Phipps||Pastor, Singer, Founder and President of U.S. Dream Academy|
|John F. Street||Former mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Mervyn Warren||Member of the gospel group Take 6|
|Committed||Winners of Season 2, NBC's The Sing Off|
|Amber Bullock||2011||Winner of Season 4 BET's Sunday Best|
|Little Richard||American recording artist, singer-songwriter and actor.|
|Eric Thomas||2001||Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Educator.|
|Sydney Freeman Jr.||Educational theorist, author, and social scientist at the University of Idaho.|
- Oakwood! A Vision Splendid, Mervyn A. Warren (1996)
- A Place Called Oakwood, Benjamin J. Baker
- List of Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities
- List of historically black colleges of the United States
- Seventh-day Adventist education
- As of June 30, 2017. "Oakwood University has an endowment valued at nearly $15.6M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.27M (14.5%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges".
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- Hall, Kristin (2020-09-25). "Little Richard to be buried at historically black college". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
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