Presidential Inauguration

Vincent D. Rougeau, a transformative leader and nationally respected expert in legal education and Catholic social thought, was installed as the first lay and Black president of Holy Cross on Oct. 22, 2021.

 

 

Vincent Rougeau, president of the College of the Holy Cross, delivering his inaugural address.
The Value of a Jesuit, Liberal Education
A Call to Excellence

“Jesuit values enable us to be agile learners, capable of interrogating truths, and uncovering predispositions and biases. At Holy Cross, we accept that our world is knotty and imperfect. We believe that the best preparation for the challenges of the 21st century is a broad liberal education rooted in discovery, and amplified by our Catholic intellectual traditions.” — President Rougeau

Inauguration Events
Vincent Rougeau, president of the College of the Holy Cross, delivering his inaugural address.
Blazing New Trails
Rougeau Makes History as College's First Lay and First Black President

Vincent D. Rougeau was installed as Holy Cross’ 33rd president in a ceremony punctuated by inspirational words and feelings of excitement and hopefulness.

 

 

The Very Reverend Joseph O’Keefe, S.J. ’76, Provincial, USA East Province of the Society of Jesus, delivering the inauguration Mass homily.
Speeches
Inspiring Words, Welcoming Wishes

Read a few of the speeches delivered during the Ceremony of Presidential Installation and Inauguration Mass.

Letters and Greetings

President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Jim McGovern, college presidents and other dignitaries from across the country sent well wishes to President Rougeau for his inauguration.

Vincent Rougeau, president of the College of the Holy Cross
About President Rougeau

President Rougeau, who previously served as dean of the Boston College Law School, has written extensively on law and religions with a particular focus on Catholic social teaching and the law.