Next week will mark a historic occasion in the life of the University. I hope you will join me there.
On Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. on the Lawn, Jim Ryan will officially become the University’s ninth president. In addition to taking the oath of office, President Ryan will share his vision for the University in coming years. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Drew Gilpin Faust, former president of Harvard University, also will speak. A reception will follow the ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on the North Plaza of the Rotunda where you will have a chance to meet President Ryan and his family.
The inauguration is a public event. Alumni, friends, and guests from the local community and around the country will be attending. As traditional for a university president’s inauguration, delegates representing a broad range of colleges and universities will march in the procession. Outfitted in academic regalia, delegates march in order of their institution’s founding. Students representing a number of UVA organizations also will process on Oct. 19. It will be a colorful, celebratory event mirroring the spirit of Final Exercises. During my career, I have attended the inauguration ceremonies of four presidents. Each was inspiring and memorable.
Other inauguration activities will take place on Friday morning and Saturday. Please go to the inauguration website to learn more and to sign up if required.
President Ryan's arrival represents a significant transition for the University, and he is clearly a fan of students. You are the heart of the University. I hope you will join in this important celebration, honoring him and this special moment in UVA's history.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer