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Presidential Inauguration

The Inauguration of Carroll College's 18th President, John E. Cech, will take place April 24-26, 2019.

The Year of the Student

The Inauguration of John E. Cech, PhD as the eighteenth president of Carroll College

After attending last year’s Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) and witnessing the outstanding academic achievements of Carroll’s students and faculty, President Cech knew that integrating the inauguration ceremony with this year’s festival would make an important statement about both the current state of the college and the priorities of his presidency. This focus on providing an exceptional educational experience for our students set the theme of the inauguration—The Year of the Student.

Events Schedule

Each of the inauguration events will focus on the academic and community life of our students, inviting guests to more fully understand what it is to be a Carroll Saint. The events have been designed to both showcase and engage our student body with planning, input, and participation. We welcome all who would like to attend.

Register online by April 12, 2019 (if you are a delegate, by April 4, 2019) — event schedule and details are below.

* With the exception of the SURF Community Event on April 25, all events listed here are open to the public.

TUESDAY, April 23
7:00–8:00 p.m.Annual Lecture on Faith & Reason
 “The Physical Nature of Christian Life”; Dr. Warren S. Brown, Director of the Leed Travis Research Institute and Professor of Psychology, Department of Doctoral Psychology, at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Lower Campus Center
WEDNESDAY, April 24
5:00–6:00 p.m.Sung Evening PrayerAll Saints' Chapel
7:00–8:00 p.m.SURF Keynote
“Copper, the Capitol, and Carroll”; Dr. Keith Edgerton, Professor of History, Montana State  University Billings
Wiegand Amphitheater
8:00–9:00 p.m.SURF Keynote ReceptionScola
THURSDAY, April 25
8:30–4:00  p.m.Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF)Campus Center and Trinity Lounge
4:00–6:00 p.m.SURF Community Event
Join us in celebration.
Trinity Lounge and Lawn
7:00–9:00 p.m.Keck Observatory Presentation
Special Presentation by Keck Observatory Scientist Dr. Marc Kassis, Astronomer and Instrument Program Manager, W. M. Keck Observatory
Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheatre
FRIDAY, April 26
9:30–11:00 a.m.Inauguration MassCathedral of St. Helena
11:00–NoonMass Reception            Brondel Center, Cathedral lower level
1:00–2:00 p.m.Campus ToursCampus Center Front Desk
1:00–2:15 p.m.Honors Convocation     PE Center Gymnasium
3:00–4:30 p.m.Inauguration Ceremony  PE Center Gymnasium
4:30- 6:00 p.m. Reception and Club Fair PE Center meeting room, plaza and Hunthausen Activity Center