Fr. Leahy's Inauguration Set

Mass, symposium, performances, ceremony and ball slated
for Oct. 17-18

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Leaders of academe and government will join members of the University community in celebrating the inauguration of William P. Leahy, SJ, as Boston College's 25th president with a series of events on Oct. 17 and 18.

Fr. Leahy will begin the inauguration events by celebrating a eucharistic liturgy and Mass of the Holy Spirit at noon on Thursday, Oct. 17, on O'Neill Plaza. Jesuit Institute Director Michael Buckley, SJ, will serve as homilist. In the event of rain, the Mass will be held in Conte Forum. In an effort to allow faculty and students to attend the Mass, Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, has announced the cancellation of undergraduate classes from noon-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

At 3:30 p.m., Harvard University President Neil L. Rudenstine will moderate an academic symposium for faculty members and administrators in Robsham Theater. "Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future: American Catholic Higher Education" will be the first in an ongoing campus discussion series this academic year at the University on Catholic higher education.

Panelists for the symposium will be New York Times Religion Editor Peter Steinfels, University of Chicago Law School faculty member Martha Nussbaum and Rev. J. Bryan Hehir of the Harvard Divinity School. A reception will follow at 5 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the Undergraduate Government of Boston College will sponsor a student musical salute and reception featuring groups such as the Voices of Imani and BC bOp! in the Conte Forum Power Gymnasium.

Friday's activities will begin at 11 a.m. with an inaugural luncheon in the Flynn Recreation Complex, attended by college and university representatives from across the country, Boston College trustees and trustee associates, and special guests.

The formal installation ceremony will begin in Conte Forum at 1 p.m., following an academic procession - in which faculty are invited to participate - starting at the RecPlex's south wing. Massachusetts Gov. William Weld and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Charles Vest will join speakers representing the University and other communities in welcoming Fr. Leahy as he begins his tenure.

Trustee Richard Syron, assisted by University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, will perform the installation and present Fr. Leahy with the symbols of the Office of the President.

Fr. Neenan said undergraduate classes have been canceled from noon-4 p.m. on Oct. 18 to facilitate attendance at the event.

The inauguration will conclude Friday evening with an inaugural ball at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, attended by University trustees and trustee associates, President's Circle members and special guests.

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