The President of Harvard receives many invitations to attend inaugurations and special ceremonies at institutions of higher education around the globe. When he is unable to attend, the Marshal's Office work to identify a suitable substitute to serve as Harvard's delegate. Often, faculty who have a meaningful affiliation with the inviting institution, or a local alumnus/a, are asked to represent Harvard.    Lafayette College delegate Brianna Braswell leades the academic procession in the presidential inauguration, October 2021

Delegates 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. Harvard will also send a formal greeting to the celebrating institution.  In the few cases when we are not able to identify an appropriate representative, our office will sent a letter of congratulations.  Feedback is consistently positive, and delegates often report how honored they were to be asked to represent the University.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from March 2020 through the summer of 2021 only a handful of Inaugural events took place around the world, and most were virtual. Harvard did send greetings to some of those institutions, and those are listed in the 2020 and 2021 tabs below. We are happy to report that as of the fall semester of 2021, inaugural events have resumed (albeit in somewhat different formats), and Harvard has once again been represented at several such events. Those are also listed in the 2021 tab below. We expect a return to pre-pandemic levels of engagement with other institutions by 2022.

University of Oklahoma delegate Joseph Thai (far right) with President Harroz (second from left) and two others at the OU Inauguration in September 2021  Harvard delegate to Houghton College, John Schneider, with newly installed President Wayne Lewis, October 2021Harvard delegate to Samford University, LaJuana Davis (right), with fellow Harvard alumnus Dr. Piotr Malysz, the faculty marshal for the event

Delegates by Year

2018 Delegates

Date Institution Honoree Delegate
18-Jan-18 Salem State University John Keenan Forrester Clark, Jr., Peter Mazareas
6-Feb-18 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Laura Sparks Maren Stange
8-Feb-18 Barnard College Sian Leah Beilock Deborah Valenze
20-Mar-18 The University of Texas at San Antonio Taylor Eighmy Catherine Clinton
5-Apr-18 Fisk University Dr. Kevin D. Rome Richard Eskind
5-Apr-18 Wittenberg University Michael L. Frandsen Jonathan Holligsworth
12-Apr-18 American University Sylvia Mathews Burwell Douglas Elmendorf
13-Apr-18 State University of New York at Albany Dr. Havidan Rodriguez Nadieszda Kizenko
20-Apr-18 Prairie View A&M University Ruth Simmons Evelynn Hammonds
27-Apr-18 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Dr. Bashar W. Hanna David Kozloff
4-May-18 Peking University Lin Jianhua Mark Elliott
16-Aug-18 University of Oklahoma James L. Gallogly John Sparks
8-Sep-18 Union College David R. Harris William S. Zwicker
8-Sep-18 Williams College Maud S. Mandel Antonia E. Foias
14-Sep-18 State University of New York Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D. John B. Fitzgibbons
21-Sep-18 Iowa State University Wendy Wintersteen John A. Miranowski
21-Sep-18 The University of Scranton Rev. Scott R. Pilarz. S.J. John Glennon Jr.
04-Oct-18 William Paterson University Richard J. Helldobler Sharon A. McDade
15-Oct-18 Hebrew College Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfield President Lawrence S. Bacow
19-Oct-18 Bentley University Dr. Alison Davis-Blake Elizabeth Brown
19-Oct-18 University of Virginia James E. Ryan President Emerita Drew Gilpin Faust
25-Oct-18 Carnegie Mellon University Farnam Jahanian William L. Scherlis
27-Oct-18 Franklin & Marshall College Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D. Arnold D. Feldman
16-Nov-18 Loyola University New Orleans Tania Tetlow Andrew D. Kopplin
7-Dec-18 Teachers College, Columbia University Thomas Bailey James P. Honan




2022 Delegates