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Inauguration of Drew Faust

November-December 2007

The Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble gives Drew Gilpin Faust, attired in Harvard’s presidential gown, a raucous welcome. President emeritus Derek Bok and James R. Houghton, Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, follow her in the procession into Tercentenary Theatre.

The Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble gives Drew Gilpin Faust, attired in Harvard’s presidential gown, a raucous welcome. President emeritus Derek Bok and James R. Houghton, Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, follow her in the procession into Tercentenary Theatre.

Photograph by Jim Harrison

The Kuumba Singers, directed (above) by Sheldon K. X. Reid ’96, Ed.M. ’98, opened the Musical Prelude on Thursday, October 11, with "Make a Way."

The Kuumba Singers, directed (above) by Sheldon K. X. Reid ’96, Ed.M. ’98, opened the Musical Prelude on Thursday, October 11, with "Make a Way."

Thomas Lauderdale ’92 and China Forbes ’92, both of Pink Martini, entertained and amused the audience in Sanders Theatre.

Thomas Lauderdale ’92 and China Forbes ’92, both of Pink Martini, entertained and amused the audience in Sanders Theatre.

The accomplished Stephan Jackiw '07 performed 'Road Movies,' composed by John Adams '69.

The accomplished Stephan Jackiw '07 performed 'Road Movies,' composed by John Adams '69.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman ’91 and an ensemble of Harvard sidemen closed the concert with Redman s rousing

Saxophonist Joshua Redman ’91 and an ensemble of Harvard sidemen closed the concert with Redman s rousing

Representatives of 220 academic institutions joined the procession into Tercentenary Theatre—in the rain. Among them were

Representatives of 220 academic institutions joined the procession into Tercentenary Theatre—in the rain. Among them were

Elizabeth Fleming, President of Converse College, in the preferred garb of the day: academic gown and Harvard-supplied po

Elizabeth Fleming, President of Converse College, in the preferred garb of the day: academic gown and Harvard-supplied po

The delegates from academic institutions included representatives of universities and learned societies from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Shown here are Professor Gu Binglin, President of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Professor Paul K. H. Tam, Pro-Vice- Chancellor and Vice-President and chair of paediatric surgery at the University of Hong Kong.

The delegates from academic institutions included representatives of universities and learned societies from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Shown here are Professor Gu Binglin, President of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Professor Paul K. H. Tam, Pro-Vice- Chancellor and Vice-President and chair of paediatric surgery at the University of Hong Kong.

Drew Gilpin Faust, in the presidents division, enters Tercentenary Theatre for her installation. She is followed by former presidents Lawrence H. Summers, Neil L. Rudenstine (obscured), and Derek Bok; behind them is James Rothenberg, University Treasurer.

Drew Gilpin Faust, in the presidents division, enters Tercentenary Theatre for her installation. She is followed by former presidents Lawrence H. Summers, Neil L. Rudenstine (obscured), and Derek Bok; behind them is James Rothenberg, University Treasurer.

At the end of the installation ceremonies, a color guard of Harvard ROTC cadets led the parties from the stage in front of Memorial Church.

At the end of the installation ceremonies, a color guard of Harvard ROTC cadets led the parties from the stage in front of Memorial Church.

Read Drew Faust's inaugural address, as well as in-depth coverage, slideshow, and audio from the event...

Drew Gilpin Faust forcefully took possession of her Harvard presidency during inaugural celebrations and a formal installation ceremony on October 11 and 12.

Read Drew Faust’s inaugural address (full text as delivered, with audio) as well as in-depth coverage and review in Twenty-eighth, and First (published in the November-December 2007 issue). Listen to audio of the inauguration celebrations below.

Review of Events and Selected Audio

Installation, Friday, October 12, 2:30 p.m. The afternoon ceremony began with a procession led by a bagpiper and the Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble (pictured above). After the ringing of the Memorial Church bell, University Marshal Jacqueline O’Neill gave the Call to Order. The assembly sang “America the Beautiful.” There followed: Introductory Remarks, by Jacqueline A. O'Neill, University Marshal; Greetings, by Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania; Greetings, by Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor; Greetings, by John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. Violinist Sandra M. Cameron '09, then performed the Preludio from J.S. Bach's Partita no. 3. There followed: Greetings, by Ryan A. Petersen ’08, President of the Undergraduate Council; Greetings, by Beverly Blake Sullivan, Associate Director of the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors; Greetings, by Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A second musical interlude, Vaishnav Jan To, the devotional hymn composed by Narsinh Mehta that was a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi, was performed by the Harvard College Sangeet. Then, in a traditional ceremony, the University's three Presidents Emeriti presented Faust with symbolic Harvard relics and the president of the Board of Overseers and the Senior Fellow of the Corporation formally invested her in office. Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, then presented her Inaugural Address. Faust’s address was followed by “Amazing Grace,” sung by Simon Estes, Professor of Voice and Opera at Boston University, Iowa State University, and Wartburg College. Marshal Jacqueline A. O'Neill then offered closing remarks, followed by a benediction by Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Service of Thanksgiving, Friday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. Listen to the service (63MB), which includes readings selected by President Drew Faust and read by members of her family.

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