The President receives many invitations to attend inaugurations and special ceremonies at institutions of higher education around the globe.

When she is unable to attend, we work to identify a suitable substitute. Often, faculty who have a meaningful affiliation with the inviting institution, or a local alumnus/a, are asked to represent Harvard.

Delegates deliver congratulatory greetings on behalf of the University and participate in various activities, including a traditional academic procession.  Since those institutions participating in the academic procession are typically arranged by founding date, the Harvard delegate often leads the procession.

In the period between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, Harvard was invited to participate in 30 presidential inaugurations and anniversary celebrations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and 25 delegates were sent to represent Harvard at these events.  In the few cases when we were not able to identify an appropriate representative, our office sent a letter of congratulations to the celebrating institution.  Feedback is consistently positive, and delegates often report how honored they were to be asked to represent the University.






February 8, 2017Emory UniversityClaire E. SterkJon P. Gunnemann
December 7, 2016University of DelawareDr. Dennis N. AssanisDr. Mary P. Watson
November 22, 2016University of British ColumbiaSanta J. OnoAndrew Scott Baron
November 3, 2016Brandeis UniversityRonald LiebowitzEric Nelson
November 2, 2016University of New OrleansDr. John W. NicklowDr. Earle V. Bryant
October 13 & 14, 2016Westfield State UniversityDr. Ramon S. TorrecilhaThomas N. Gardner, MPA, PhD
October 13, 2016Fitchburg State UniversityRichard S. LapidusPetri Flint
October 8, 2016Hamilton CollegeDavid WippmanPeter F. Cannavo
October 7, 2016The University of North Carolina-GreensboroFranklin D. Gilliam, Jr.Dr. James A Anderson
September 30, 2016Wellesley CollegePaula A. JohnsonDrew Gilpin Faust
September 30, 2016Colgate UniversityBrian W. CaseyBarbara Hoopes
September 30, 2016Chapman UniversityDaniele T. Struppa, Ph.D.Wendy M. Seiden
September 25, 2016New York UniversityAndrew D. HamiltonStephen J. Choi
September 16, 2016Towson UniversityKim Schatzel, Ph.D.Dr. Mubina Hassanali Kirmani
May 13, 2016Widener University

Julie E. Wollman, Ph.D.

Raymond Cormier
May 1, 2016Framingham State College

F. Javier Cevallos, Ph.D.

Thomas Grove
April 9, 2016Spelman College

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Marla Frederick
April 8, 2016Rider University

Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D.

Ruth Ochs
April 2, 2016Illinois Wesleyan University

Eric R. Jensen

Richard Lowry
March 17, 2016Tulane University

Michael A. Fitts

Tania Tetlow
March 14, 2016Midland Lutheran College

Jody Horner

Jeremy Rehwaldt
February 26, 2016Xavier University of Louisiana

C. Reynold Verret, Ph.D.

 Violet Bryan
January 29, 2016University of Miami

Julio Frenk

Drew Faust
January 25, 2016American University of Beirut

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD

Jacques Merab
October 25, 2015Muhlenberg College

John I. Williams, Jr

Barbara Meyer
October 17, 2015Bowdoin College

Dr. Clayton S. Rose

Sandra Sucher
October 11, 2015Middlebury College

Laurie L. Patton

Francis Clooney
October 6, 2015Loyola Marymount University

Timothy Law Snyder

Dennis Slon
October 3, 2015Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith

Benjamin Berger
October 3, 2015Hanover College

Lake Lambert, Ph.D.

Stephanie Smith
October 2, 2015Drew University

Mary Ann Beanninger

William Knox
October 2, 2015Westchester Community College

Belinda Miles

Sharon McDade
October 2, 2015University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Mark A. Mone, Ph.D.

James Hunter
September 26, 2015Washington College (MD)

Sheila C. Bair

Peter Savage
September 18, 2015University of North Carolina at Asheville

Mary K. Grant

Rodger Payne
September 18, 2015Cornell University

Elizabeth Garrett

Arthur Boland
September 18, 2015University of Denver

Rebecca S. Chopp

Heather Taussig
September 17, 2015University of Texas at Austin

Gregory L. Fenves

 Elizabeth Bangs
September 1, 2015Bridgewater State College

Frederick W. Clark, Jr

Leonid Heretz
April 24, 2015SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg

Mark Coleman
April 24, 2015Salem Academy & College

D.E. Lorraine Sterritt. Ph.D.

John Hutton
April 17, 2015University of Memphis

Dr. M. David Rudd

Yeh Hsueh

April 17, 2015Mercy College

Timothy L. Hall

Edward Dunn

March 31, 2015Ohio State University

Michael V. Drake M.D.

Wayne Redenbarger

March 19, 2015Furman University

Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D.

Larry Estridge

March 6, 2015Howard University

Dr. Wayne A.J. Frederick

Walter Morris

January 30, 2015National Cheng Kung University

Huey-Jen Jenny Su, Sc.D.

John Spengler

November 29, 2014McGill University

Michael A. Meighen LLD, QC

Andre Du Sault

November 8, 2014Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Laurie A. Leshin

Peter H. Hansen

November 7, 2015Pine Manor College

E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D.

Rhonda Seidman

November 1, 2014University of San Francisco

Paul J. Fitzgerald

Reza Dibadj

October 26, 2014Trinity College

Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Mark Silk

October 24, 2014St. John's University

Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw

Sharon McDade

October 24, 2014California Institute of Technology 

Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Woodward Fischer and Jeff Rubin

October 17, 2014Wheaton College

Dennis M. Hanno

Dudley Herschbach and Georgene Herschbach

October 10, 2014Luther College

Paula J. Carlson

Dr. William Buffett

October 5, 2014Andover Newton Theological School

Rev. Martin B. Copenhaver

Dr. Brita Gill-Austern

October 3, 2014Gustavus Adolphus College

Rebecca M. Bergman

Linnea Wren

October 3, 2014Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Dr. Elmira Mangum

Roy F. Knight

September 20, 2014Bryn Mawr CollegeKimberly Wright CassifySally Zeckhauser
September 19, 2014Marquette UniversityDr. Michael L. LovellAndrea Scneider
September 18, 2014University of MissouriChancellor R. Bowen LoftinSteven Zweig
September 13, 2014Colby CollegeDavid A. GreeneJay Braatz
September 12, 2014Albion CollegeMauri A. DitzlerDr. Ruth E. Schmitter
September 5, 2014University of Michigan Mark S. SchisselRaju Kucherlapati
September 5, 2014Alabama State UniversityDr. Gwendolyn E. BoydDr. Lisa Coleman
August 28, 2014Keystone College David L. Coppola, Ph.D.Mary Keenan Hart
June 8, 2014Hebrew Union CollegeRabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D.George F. Welsh
May 28, 2014Winthrop CollegeDr. Jayne Marie ComstockCarl Muller
May 11, 2014Fisk UniversityDr. H. James WilliamsRichard Eskind
April 25, 2014Randolph CollegeBradley W. BatemanCarl Muller
April 12, 2014Moravian CollegeBryon L. GrigsbyMartha Reid
April 11, 2014University of North Texas at DallasRonald T. BrownMarguerite McClinton
April 11, 2014University of the OzarksRichard L. DunsworthDavid Strain
April 5, 2014Lycoming CollegeKent C. TrachteRobin DeWitt Knauth
April 5, 2014Connecticut CollegeKatherine BergeronDavid Kim
April 4, 2014Carlow UniversitySuzanne K. MellonWilliam Markus
April 4, 2014Wayne State University

M. Roy Wilson

W. James Prowse
November 19, 2013University of Georgia

Jere W. Morehead

Roger K. Wilson
November 15, 2013Springfield College

Mary-Beth A. Cooper

Charles J. Haight
November 15, 2013Carnegie Mellon University

Subra Suresh

Jay Apt
November 8, 2013University of California, Berkeley

Nicolas B. Dirks

Theodore B. Lee
November 5, 2013McGill University

Suzanne Fortier

Andre Du Sault
November 1, 2013Delta State University

William LaForge

David R. Bowen
October 26, 2013Kenyon College

Sean Decatur

Ivonne M. García
October 26, 2013Haverford College

Daniel H. Weiss

Thomas N. Bisson
October 19, 2013York College

Pamela Gunter-Smith

Mark Woodbury, III
October 19, 2013Smith College

Kathleen McCartney

Drew Gilpin Faust
October 18, 2013Temple University

Dr. Neil D. Theobald

John H. McFadden
October 18, 2013Saint Anselm College

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo

Philip C. Haughey
October 18, 2013Babson College

Kerry Murphy Healey

Drew Gilpin Faust
October 13, 2013Yale University

Peter Salovey

Drew Gilpin Faust
October 12, 2013The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Carol Folt

Carl F. Muller
October 11, 2013Denison University

Adam S. Weinberg

Margot Singer
October 5, 2013Claremont McKenna College

Hiram E. Chodosh

Charles R. Kesler
October 4, 2013Hope College

John C. Knapp, Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Padnos
October 4, 2013Lafayette College

Alison R. Byerly

Paul J. McLoughlin II, Ph.D.
October 4, 2013University of Maine at Farmington

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster

Paul Harland Mills
October 4, 2013University of St. Francis

Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Sr. Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, Th.D.
September 28, 2013Dickinson College

Nancy A. Roseman

Sharon O'Brien
September 28, 2013The University at Albany, State University of New York

Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.

Judith D. Singer
September 20, 2013Dartmouth College

Philip J. Hanlon '77

Peter V. Marsden
September 20, 2013Harding University

Dr. Bruce D. McLarty

Adrienne R.W. Bradley
September 20, 2013Oral Roberts University

Dr. William M. Wilson

Russell P. Spittler
September 20, 2013Stonehill College

John F. Denning, C.S.C

Barbara L. Whalen
September 14, 2013Indiana Tech Law School

Dedication Ceremony

Lawrence H. Lee
September 13, 2013University of St. Andrews

600th Anniversary Academic Celebration

Thomas Russell Jevon, MD
September 7, 2013Maria College 

Dr. Lea A. Johnson

Eva Freeman, PhD, RN
June 21, 2013Wheelock College

125th Anniversary Celebration

Jane Unrue
June 14, 2013Marian Court College

Dr. Denise Hammon

Susan C. Lane
May 30, 2013The University of Oregon

Michael R. Gottfredson

Ralph James Mooney
April 27, 2013The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Anita Tucker
April 27, 2013Warren Wilson College

Steven L. Solnick

Paul J. Magnarella
April 26, 2013Union College

Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Dianne M. Bazell
April 26, 2013George Mason University

Ángel Cabrera

Richard E. Rubenstein
April 19, 2013University of Cincinnati

Santa J. Ono, Ph.D.

Arthur T. Evans, III, M.D.
April 19, 2013Lyndon State College

Joseph Bertolino, Ed.D.

Dr. Peggy Ryan Williams
April 19, 2013Lebanon Valley College

Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne

Andrew M. Rouse
April 2, 2013Seattle Pacific University

Daniel J. Martin, J.D., Ed.D.

Amy Mezulis, Ph.D.
February 16, 2013Naropa University

Charles G. Lief

Mark Gerzon
February 15, 2013New College of Florida

Dr. Donal O'Shea

Anthony P. Andrews
December 9, 2012New York Medical College

Alan Kadish, M.D., as President
and Edward C. Halperin, M.D.,
as Chancellor 

Henry P. Godfrey, M.D., Ph.D.
December 4, 2012Suffolk UniversityJames McCarthyAnthony P. Polito
November 30, 2012The University of ArizonaDr. Ann Weaver HartRonald L. Trosper
November 18, 2012Shanghai Datong High SchoolCentennial CelebrationJeffrey R. Williams
November 9, 2012Edinboro UniversityDr. Julie WollmanDr. Janet Baker
October 28, 2012Catawba CollegeBrien LewisBradley R. Trick
October 27, 2012Brown UniversityChristina Hull PaxsonSean Dorrance Kelly
October 27, 2012Shanghai Jaio Tong University School of Medicine60th AnniversaryJeffrey R. Williams
October 26, 2012Northern Kentucky UniversityGeoffrey S. MearnsEric Alden
October 26, 2012Bates CollegeA. Clayton SpencerDrew Gilpin Faust
October 25, 2012The University of UtahDavid W. PershingJohn C. Lin
October 20, 2012Saint John's UniversityMichael HemesathTammy R. Feldman
October 20, 2012Woodbury UniversityLuis Ma. R. Calingo, Ph.D.Barbara Anne Bestor
October 12, 2012William Marsh Rice UniversityCentennial CelebrationRoy Lemuel Nolen
October 11, 2012Baldwin Wallace UniversityRobert C. HelmerRobert P. Burke
October 5, 2012The University of VermontE. Thomas SullivanDr. Felicia Kornbluh
September 22, 2012Thomas CollegeLaurie Gagnon Lachance, M.B.A.Justin C. Maseychik
September 21, 2012Reed CollegeJohn R. KrogerMargot Minardi
September 21, 2012Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyL. Rafael ReifDrew Gilpin Faust
September 15, 2012Wilkes UniversityDr. Patrick F. LeahyDr. Steven Thomas
September 14, 2012Towson UniversityDr. Maravene LoeschkeTerry A. Cooney
September 14, 2012Iowa State UniversityDr. Steven LeathLaurent Hodges
September 14, 2012Emerson CollegeM. Lee PeltonTom Cooper
September 7, 2012Wittenberg UniversityLaurie M. Joyner, Ph.D.Jonathan Hollingsworth
September 4, 2012Pacific Lutheran UniversityThomas W. KriseDr. Richard Louie
May 18, 2012Cambridge College Deborah JacksonBenjamin N. Levy
May 5, 2012Knox College Dr. Teresa L. AmottDr. Magali Roy-Féquière
May 4, 2012Keuka College Dr. Jorge L. Diaz-HerreraSamuel O. Tilton
April 28, 2012Concordia College Dr. William J. CraftDr. Michelle Lelwica
April 28, 2012Arcadia University Carl Oxholm IIIDr. Shelley Metzenbaum
April 27, 2012Hampshire College Jonathan LashHeather A. Henriksen
April 21, 2012Ursinus College Bobby Fong, Ph.D.Robert Kenyon Innes, Jr.
April 21, 2012Middlesex Community CollegeAnna M. Wasescha, Ph.D.Dr. Jonathan M. Daube
April 21, 2012Cornell College Jonathan M. BrandMatthew J. Carrico
April 20, 2012University of North Carolina WilmingtonGary Leon MillerDr. Patricia H. Kelley
March 22, 2012Meredith CollegeJo Allen, Ph.D.Michael J. Novak, Ph.D.
March 16, 2012Mount St. Mary's College, CA Ann McElaney-JohnsonDr. Wanda Teays
February 16, 2012Labouré College Maureen Anne SmithProfessor Pamela Strong
February 10, 2012Willamette University Stephen E. ThorsettW. Warren H. Binford
January 27, 2012Texas Wesleyan University Frederick G. Slabach Stephen R. Alton
November 19, 2011Okinawa Institute of Science and TechnologyInauguration of the InstituteDavid L. Howell
November 18, 2011Rivier College Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHMSister Lucille C. Thibodeau, p.m., Ph.D.
November 12, 2011Butler University James M. DankoThomas E. Reilly, Jr.
November 3, 2011The University of Massachusetts Robert L. CaretJohn H. Shaw
October 29, 2011Dominican University of California Mary B. MarcyRaymond P. Mariella , Jr., Ph.D.
October 28, 2011Iona CollegeJoseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.Kathryn Donovan Wiegand
October 27, 2011The University of Pavia 650th AnniversaryLino Pertile
October 21, 2011University of La Verne Devorah A. LiebermanArt D. Rodriguez
October 21, 2011Nichols College Dr. Susan West EngelkemeyerMichael Lajoie
October 21, 2011Tufts University Anthony P. MonacoDrew Gilpin Faust
October 21, 2011Longwood University Patrick FinneganDr. Raymond J. Cormier
October 18, 2011The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Jamshed BharuchaMaren Elizabeth Stange
October 18, 2011Davidson College Carol Everhart QuillenEriberto P. Lozada, Jr.
October 16, 2011Amherst College Carolyn "Biddy" MartinBarry O'Connell
October 15, 2011Earlham College John David DawsonJohn A. Howell
October 14, 2011The University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMichael R. LovellThomas Malaby
October 14, 2011Stevens Institute of Technology Dr. Nariman FarvardinBernard Skown
October 13, 2011Roger Williams UniversityDonald J. Farish, Ph.D., J.D.Barbara J. Goldsmith
October 6, 2011The University of North Carolina Thomas Warren RossA. Lawrence Jenkens
October 5, 2011Regis College Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RNPhilip C. Haughey
October 1, 2011Wilson College Dr. Barbara K. MistickKevin Lorentsen, M.D.
October 1, 2011Elizabethtown College Carl J. StrikwerdaGary G. Hoffman
September 30, 2011Vermont Technical College Dr. Philip A. Conroy, Jr.William Martin Holmes, Jr.
September 30, 2011University of Mary Washington Richard V. HurleyDr. Raymond J. Cormier
September 25, 2011Franklin & Marshall College Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.Roger D.K. Thomas
September 24, 2011Concordia University, St. Paul Rev. Thomas K. RiesClifford W. Erickson
September 23, 2011Marquette University Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.Kevin E. Martens
September 23, 2011Mills College Alecia A. DeCoudreauxDr. Cynthia Scheinberg
September 23, 2011University of Buffalo Satish K. TripathiEzra B. Zubrow
September 22, 2011University of Minnesota Eric W. KalerAlbert Marden
September 16, 2011The University of Scranton Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.Dr. Matthew H. Meyer
September 16, 2011Gordon College D. Michael LindsayDr. Marla F. Frederick
September 15, 2011Merrimack College Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D.Anne Pfitzner Gatling
September 15, 2011Claremont Graduate University Deborah A. FreundBryant C. Danner