While the inauguration is merely a formality, it will be the celebratory kickoff to Summers’ presidential tenure. Summers’ selection was announced with a degree of pomp, but he arrived in July to little fanfare—a staff party in Mass. Hall.
Scheduled for Oct. 11-12, the inauguration is to include student and musical performances, symposia, a full dress academic procession and the actual installation ceremony.
Nominations are currently being accepted for which student groups are to perform to begin the event on Thursday night. The show, entitled “Segue,” will bring together performers from across the College and the graduate schools.
Friday’s events will begin with symposia—on undergraduate education, science, and development, among other topics—led by Harvard faculty and other leaders in the given fields.
Graduate School of Education professor Richard J. Light, whose book “Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds” is gaining attention nationwide, will chair the panel on undergraduate education. Summers cites Light’s book when discussing some of the challenges the College faces.
Both the symposia and Segue will be invitation-only events, but audiences will include selected students, faculty, alumni and other guests. Extra seats will also likely be sold or lotteried to interested students.
Event coordinator Jacqueline A. O’Neill said that the largest possible performance spaces were chosen so that events would be as inclusive as possible.