Lafayette College celebrates the installation of its 18th president
On Oct. 1, Lafayette welcomed Nicole Farmer Hurd as its 18th president. While the ceremony is steeped in Lafayette’s history and traditions, all of the activities leading up to and surrounding the event celebrated Lafayette’s commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders and Hurd’s commitment to strengthening the College’s connection to its communities: students, families, faculty, staff, and Easton neighbors.
Here are photo galleries capturing Inauguration Day.
Staff took time to put the final touches on Lafayette’s campus before the start of Inauguration Day events.
Members of the College’s Board of Trustees and President Hurd welcomed delegates and inauguration guests to campus. John Sexton, president emeritus of New York University, who serves on the board of College Advising Corps with President Hurd, provided remarks.
President Hurd’s family and close friends joined her at the president’s residence where she prepared for the ceremony.
Participants in the academic procession, which included alumni, faculty, staff, students, and delegates from other institutions, gathered in Markle Hall to dress in academic attire.
The Inaugural Convocation is a significant yet relatively simple ceremony with two main components: 1) The chair of the Board of Trustees charges the president with the faithful execution of the duties entrusted to her. The vice chair and the secretary of the board present the president with a copy of the Charter and Statutes of the College as a symbol of the presidential authority. 2) The president delivers her inaugural address, which is considered the heart of the event.
Members of the College’s Marquis Society and special guests of President Hurd gathered to continue celebrating Inauguration Day.