Inauguration logo alongside Nicole HurdLafayette College is celebrating the installation of Nicole Farmer Hurd as its 18th president with a week of events and activities. 

While the inauguration on Oct. 1 will be steeped in Lafayette’s history and traditions, all of the activities leading up to this event are a celebration of the College’s commitment to its core mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders.

The events provide President Hurd with opportunities to engage with students and their families, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Family Weekend

Inauguration week activities will kick off with Family Weekend, an annual tradition that enables families to spend time with their students on campus. This year’s festivities, which will take place Sept. 24-26, include a community service activity in Easton, a tour of the College’s new on-campus solar array, a lacrosse clinic for kids grades K-6, TED Talks featuring faculty presenters, and a number of athletic events. Learn more and see the entire schedule of events.

Inauguration Week

On Sept. 27, President Hurd and her husband, Bill, will host morning coffee conversations with administrative staff. The Hurds also will host a trivia night on the Quad for students that evening. On Sept. 29, faculty and staff will attend an evening reception followed by a lecture from Prof. Eric P. Bettinger of Stanford Graduate School of Education. And on Sept. 30, members of the campus community will participate in United Way Day of Caring volunteer activities for several Easton-based organizations. Learn more and see the entire schedule of events.

Inauguration Day

maroon blanket says "My Spot is Here Lafayette"

Inauguration-themed blanket is available to students

Students are invited to pick up a special inauguration-themed blanket at 3 p.m. on Oct. 1 on the Quad.

Convocation will begin at 4 p.m. (you can watch a livestream broadcast of the ceremony) and will be immediately followed by a reception, which all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests are welcome to attend. Learn more and see the entire schedule of events.


Homecoming celebrations close out the eventful week. Activities include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at the College and a number of athletic events, including field hockey vs. Colgate, men’s soccer vs. Colgate, and football vs. Fordham at Fisher Stadium. Learn more and see the entire schedule of events.

Lafayette is taking comprehensive measures to support the health and well-being of our community as well as our neighbors in Easton. We are closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases in our region. Get updates and more information.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s disappointing that President Hurd did not include a morning conversation with the support staff next week. They too are a big part of the Lafayette Community, though often overlooked.

    1. Katrin Neitz says:

      Hi, Thanks for your comment. I’m happy to share that President Hurd is holding morning conversations with staff members Monday, September 27. There are three different locations and times: 8:30-9 a.m. at 901 Bushkill; 9-9:30 a.m. at Schwartz-Schoor Plaza; 10-10:30 a.m. at Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. I hope one of those sessions will work for your schedule. For the full schedule of events, please visit

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