Wyatt to Present University's Future in Sept. 12 Inauguration

Published: September 05, 2014 | Category: Special Events

Friday, September 12, will mark the opening of a new era on Southern Utah University’s campus, when President Scott L Wyatt is inducted as the University’s 16th president in a formal inauguration ceremony, open to all. During the 2 p.m. ceremony, Wyatt will present his vision for the University’s future, directed by the input gleaned during the President’s 100-day Listening Tour that opened his tenure at SUU in the Spring 2014 semester.

The installation ceremony is the centerpiece of weeklong festivities to honor Wyatt and celebrate both the University’s heritage and its future.

Wyatt selected “Delivering on America’s Promise” as the theme for his inauguration and his tenure to follow, vowing to honor the same forward thinking responsible for bringing SUU into existence.

“Our founders’ story is not simply a great story; it is a charge. We can do much more than we are expected to do or even than we are currently aiming to do,” Wyatt explains.

The inauguration, in SUU’s Centrum Arena, will provide the University community an opportunity to hear firsthand how Wyatt plans to build upon that charge. Along with Wyatt, there will be several other speakers, live musical performances and a processional of academic delegates.

All SUU students, employees, alumni and supporters are welcome to join this historic event, just the fifth in the past 59 years. The presidential installation ceremony is one of academia’s oldest traditions, and includes many unique symbols and customs dating back to the 12th century. The business-casual event is free and open to the public; audience members are encouraged to arrive early for premium seating. 

The inauguration of President Wyatt is in conjunction with the University’s annual Homecoming festivities. Each event promises to a memorable occasion, open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans.

With the exception of Bread & Soup Nite, the Alumni Awards Banquet and the Homecoming Football Game vs. South Dakota State, admission to all events is free and open to all.

Monday, September 8
SUUSA Recess Games — Upper Quad, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bread & Soup Nite — Student Center Ballroom, 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 9
Miss SUU Pageant — Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10
Pizza & Politics — Student Center Living Room, noon
Alumni Award Banquet — Great Hall, 6 p.m. (RSVP at 435-586-7777 or alumni@suu.edu)
Student Art/Performance Showcase — Gerald R. Sherratt Library, 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 11
Inauguration Convocation (Billy Collins) — Great Hall, 11:30 a.m.
Academic Presentations — Sharwan Smith Student Center, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Nature Cleanup at Thunderbird Gardens — Outside Student Center, 3-4 p.m. (shuttle service will be provided, along with tools, gloves and snacks)
Powder Puff Football Game — Eccles Coliseum, 8 p.m.
Pep Rally — Harris Center Stairs, 9 p.m.

Friday, September 12
Processional Robing & Line Up — Great Hall, 1 p.m.
Inauguration — Centrum Arena, 2 p.m.
Inauguration Celebration — Multipurpose Quad, 3:30 p.m.
Forever Red Concert/Event — Upper Quad, 8 p.m. (Feature Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night and firework show)
True T-Bird Tradition — Old Sorrel Statue, midnight

Saturday, September 13
Pancake Breakfast — Alumni House, 9 a.m.
Homecoming Parade — University Boulevard, 10 a.m.
Tailgate Party — Eccles Coliseum east parking lot, 4 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game — Eccles Coliseum, 6 p.m.

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