Inaugural Events On Oct. 17-18

Members of the Boston College community are invited to take part in the two days of activities surrounding the inauguration of William P. Leahy, SJ, as Boston College's 25th president later this month.

The inauguration events will begin on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a Eucharistic Liturgy of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Fr. Leahy, on O'Neill Plaza. Jesuit Institute Director and Canisius Professor Michael J. Buckley, SJ, will be the homilist. In the event of rain, the Mass will be held in Conte Forum.

All undergraduate classes between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 will be canceled so faculty and students can attend the Mass.

At 3:30 p.m., Harvard University President Neil L. Rudenstine will moderate an academic symposium, "Remembering a Past - Imagining a Future: Catholic Higher Education," in Robsham Theater. Panelists will include J. Bryan Hehir of the Harvard Divinity School, Martha C. Nussbaum of the University of Chicago and New York Times Religion Editor Peter Steinfels. The symposium will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ.

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College will sponsor a musical salute to Fr. Leahy at 8 p.m. in Conte Forum's Power Gymnasium. A cappella groups the Heightsmen, the Bostonians, the Sharps and the Acoustics are scheduled to perform, as are BC bOp!, the Voices of Imani and the comedy troupe Hello Shovelhead. A reception will follow.

Inaugural events will resume on Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. with an inaugural luncheon for college and university representatives from across the country, trustees, trustee associates and invited guests in the north wing of the Flynn Recreation Complex.

At 12:30 p.m., those participating in the inaugural ceremony will proceed to one of two locations for robing. College and university delegates, learned society delegates, student delegates, alumni board members and faculty will robe in the south wing of the RecPlex. Trustees, trustee associates, vice presidents, deans and platform principals will robe in Power Gym.

The inaugural ceremony itself will begin at 1 p.m. in Conte Forum. All noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. undergraduate classes will be canceled on Oct. 18 to allow faculty and students to attend the ceremony. A reception will follow at 3 p.m.

The two-day celebration will conclude Friday evening with an inaugural ball at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston for invited guests.

-M.S.

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