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.