Inauguration Ceremony


The audience is requested to rise as the academic procession enters and to remain standing until the platform party is seated.

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
and University Jewish Chaplain

James van B. Dresser ’63, P’93, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Greetings from the Wesleyan community
Gary Yohe P’02, Chair of the Faculty
Matthew Ball ’08, President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly
Nancy Stack ’74, Chair of the Alumni Association

Conferring of the Baldwin Medal
Alan M. Dachs ’70, P’98, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Emeritus

Baldwin Medal recipient
Kofi Appenteng ’81, P’07, Trustee, Emeritus

Musical interlude*
Jay Hoggard ’76, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music

Piety and Redemption
A tonal meditation composed by Jay Hoggard for the occasion of the inauguration

Greeting on behalf of other universities
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, P’04, President of Spelman College

Remarks from a friend and former teacher
Carl E. Schorske P’81, Professor, Emeritus, Wesleyan and Princeton Universities

Charge to the President
James van B. Dresser ’63, P’93, Chair of the Board of Trustees

The President’s Response
Michael S. Roth ’78

Joan Cooper-Burnett, University Protestant Chaplain

Singing of the Alma Mater** and Fight Song
Led by student a cappella groups The Wesleyan Spirits and Cardinal Sinners

The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession.
After the recession has passed, all are invited to a reception in front of the Warren Street entrance of the Freeman Athletic Center.


*The Director, special guests, and student members of the Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra are listed on page 12 of the PDF of the full version of the Inaugural program.
**Click here for the lyrics of the Alma Mater.