Presidential Inauguration

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Stephen L. Glass Commencement Plaza

Welcome and Introductions

Nigel Boyle
Interim Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College


Leon Wood
Interim Chaplain, Claremont University Consortium

Greeting from the Chair

Shahan Soghikian ’80
Chair, Pitzer Board of Trustees

Greeting from the Delegates

Henry T. Yang
Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Greeting from The Claremont Colleges

Hiram E. Chodosh
President, Claremont McKenna College
Chair, Council of The Claremont Colleges

Greeting from Foundations

Sheldon H. Danziger
President, Russell Sage Foundation

Greeting from the Advocacy World

Angela Glover Blackwell
Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink

Greeting from Former Students

Janelle S. Wong
Director of Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland

Greeting from the Founders of Pitzer College

Russell M. Pitzer
Trustee Emeritus, Grandson of Founder Russell K. Pitzer

Greeting from International Colleges and Universities

Wasif Rizvi
President, Habib University

Greeting from the Faculty

Alicia Bonaparte
Chair, Pitzer Faculty Executive Committee

Greeting from Alumni

Tim Campos ’10
Incoming President, Pitzer Alumni Association Board

Greeting from Students

Josue Pasillas ’17
President, Pitzer Student Senate

Greeting from Staff

Kirsten Carrier
Co-chair, Pitzer Staff Council Representatives


Shahan Soghikian ’80

Introduction of the President

Lawrence M. Bobo
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Harvard University

Inaugural Address

Melvin L. Oliver
President, Pitzer College

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Jonathan Decuir and Friends


Arthur Gross-Schaefer
Rabbi; Professor, Loyola Marymount University

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