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

When he 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, 2018 and June 30, 2019, Harvard was invited to participate in 33 presidential inaugurations throughout the U.S. and abroad, and 24 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.

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