Illinois Wesleyan University


Inauguration of Richard F. Wilson

Schedule of Events
(Click on events for details.)

Thursday, April 7

12 p.m. — Senior Art Show, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
7 p.m. — Panel of Presidents, Westbrook Auditorium
8:30 p.m. — Chamber Singers Inauguration Concert, Evelyn Chapel

Friday, April 8
9 a.m. — Senior Art Show, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
4 p.m. — Inauguration Symposium, Center for Natural Science (A reception will immediately follow.)
8 p.m. — Jazz Ensemble Inauguration Concert, Westbrook Auditorium
9 p.m. — Hansen at Night: Undercover 6, Hansen Student Center

Saturday, April 9
9 a.m. — Senior Art Show, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
9 a.m. — Poster Presentations, Hansen Student Center
9:30 — Inauguration Symposium, Center for Natural Science (A reception will immediately follow.)
11 a.m. — Inauguration Symposium, Center for Natural Science
2 p.m. — Inauguration Ceremony, Shirk Center (Reception immediately following.)
8 p.m. — Light the Night: An Inaugural Celebration, Memorial Center
8 p.m. — Blue Moon Coffeehouse, Westbrook Auditorium

Download a pdf version of an Inauguration poster here.

Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson, right, received the medallion emblematic of the University presidency from Board of Trustees President Craig C. Hart during the Inauguration Ceremony.

Richard F. Wilson Inaugurated as Illinois Wesleyan's 18th President

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University officially entered a new chapter in its history on Saturday (April 9) when Richard F. Wilson was inaugurated as the 18th president in the school's 155-year history.

The ceremony featured music, guest speakers, and a special poem for the event written and read by Illinois Wesleyan Professor of English James McGowan. The University community was joined by representatives of academic institutions from around the country as well as members of the Bloomington/Normal community for the event, which was held in the Shirk Performance Center.

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Read the speeches from the Inauguration

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Panel of Presidents Opens Inauguration Activities

Three liberal arts colleges presidents examined a wide range of issues during a special panel discussion on Thursday, April 7, which kicked off the Inauguration activities at Illinois Wesleyan.

• Read a story on the panel.

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Contact the Inauguration Committee:

Holmes Hall 204
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 556-3151

Inauguration Album
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President and Mrs. Wilson recess together from the Inauguration ceremony.

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