Presidential Inauguration Preview

Sarah Carter ‘24

News Editor

As the throes of ever-accumulating schoolwork leave students feeling especially overrun this first week back from break, the weekend simply could not come sooner. A football game at Worcester’s premier ballpark, an assemblage of family-centric activities at Fall Fest, and the three-day-long inauguration of President Vincent D. Rougeau, there is so much for students to look forward to. For a previewing of this weekend’s schedule of events, see the list below. 

On Thursday, October 21, marking the commencement of this weekend’s celebratory inaugural plans, the College will host a Faculty Symposium at Dinand Library at 3:30 pm. The event will feature Harvard Law Professor Martha Minow and other members of the Holy Cross faculty. Following this, students will have the opportunity to attend a private performance by nationally-recognized  trumpeter and composer Terrence Blanchard at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, beginning at 7:30 pm. The event will also feature the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet in deference to the Worcester Community as part of the Arts Transcending Borders initiative. Note that tickets are required for this event and can be accessed via the Schedule of Events and Livestreams page on the College website.

On Friday, October 22, students and families are invited to join in prayer at the scheduled Inauguration Mass at St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The mass, set to begin at 10:30 am, will celebrate the inception of a historic new beginning for the College with the installation of Vincent D. Rogeau as President. Promptly following this event, the Ceremony of Presidental Installation will take place at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex at 3:00 pm. For students and families wishing to see the official admission of President Rogeau to the office of the President, you will not want to miss this event. The event will also be available for streaming on Youtube via the link on the Schedule of Events and Livestreams page on the College website.

On Saturday, October 23, President Rogeau will stage a personal address to the College community, includisuve of all students and visiting families, at President’s Hour. The event will take place in Dinand Library at 11:00 am. Students and families are also welcome to attend the Holy Cross vs. Colgate Football Game at 5:00 pm. Shuttles will be available for transport to and from Polar Park throughout the day (free of charge) and tickets for the event can be purchased online via the same webpage. Fall Fest activities will also take place on campus on Saturday afternoon, between 1:00-4:00 pm. For this event, students should plan to participate in lawn games and interact with family, friends, and families of friends. Concluding the lineup of weekend events will be an inauguration celebration with students and families on Kimball Quad from 8:00-11:00 pm. 

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