An inauguration marks a beginning. It fosters the coming together of a campus with its community. And it’s a formal celebration, an official swearing in of a prominent public leader to office. While President Ellen Junn joined the campus in July 2016, on March 30 the University will hold an inauguration for Junn as the 11th president of Stanislaus State.
The inauguration will give President Junn an opportunity to share her institutional vision, goals and priorities — aimed at enhancing not just the experiences of Stan State students, but the entire region — with students, alumni and the community.
Furthermore, the inauguration is a symbol. The ceremonies will hold a place in Stan State’s history, honoring the story of the institution and reaffirming its commitment to discovery and education. The first inauguration at Stan State was held in 1986 when the campus’ third president, John W. Moore, was welcomed to the University. Ever since, Stan State’s inaugurations have served as an opportunity for the community to come together, to hear the newly appointed president’s aspirations for the University and to be invited to help turn those dreams into reality.
There are many events planned during the inaugural season for the campus community and Stan State alumni to attend that support the President’s theme of “Embracing Student Success, Advancing the Region.” Some of the highlights include a peace pole dedication ceremony, the Inaugural Gala Concert and Dinner (launching support for the First-Generation Presidential Scholars initiative), the Cesar Chavez workshop and celebration and a Day of Service.
March 29: Cesar Chavez Celebration - Held in the Event Center at 5:30 p.m., this is an annual event honoring the civil rights activist and his ideals as well as highlighting Stan State’s role in the Hispanic community.
March 30: Inaugural Gala Concert and Dinner supporting the First-Generation Presidential Scholars initiative - The first annual fundraising gala will be held to fund scholarships for President Junn’s focus on supporting first-generation students from the Central Valley region. This scholarship initiative will be the first of its kind at Stanislaus State and the first in the California State University system to affect and attract students from a specific geographic footprint.
April 22: Warriors Giving Back - On Earth Day, Stan State will host a day of service that calls the entire community to participate in community service projects in the region, both to care for our environment and to better our community. The event pays tribute to the University’s dedication to service—a quality for which it annually receives national recognition from both the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification.
April 27: Peace Pole Dedication - Dr. Arun Gandhi, a speaker, author and peace activist will speak at the commemoration of Stan State’s own peace pole, a handcrafted monument inscribed with the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages and placed in locations across the world to represent unity and peace. Students in the Department of Art will assist professors Dean De Cocker and Daniel Edwards with the design and construction of the Stanislaus State peace pole.
A full list of events is available on the Inauguration web page, www.csustan.edu/inauguration/events.