Schedule of Events and Archive

Inauguration weekend promises to be a joyous, meaningful celebration marking the beginning of a new era in Holy Cross history. Please join us for a series of special events honoring our new President and our rich and storied past.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Faculty Symposium

Joseph N. Dinand Library, Main Reading Room, 3:30 p.m.
“Global Engagement and Democratic Citizenship”
with keynote speaker Martha Minow
300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University
Faculty roundtable to follow
Open to the public

To celebrate the inauguration of President Rougeau, the College will host an academic symposium in Dinand Library, featuring Harvard Law Professor Martha Minow and members of the Holy Cross faculty.

Martha Minow

Professor Martha Minow of Harvard Law School is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. She writes and teaches about digital communications, democracy, privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict. She currently serves as co-chair of the Access to Justice Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

View a PDF of the program.

A Special Concert With Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is pictured with a trumpet.

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester, 7:30 p.m.

featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet
in honor of the Worcester Community as part of the Arts Transcending Borders initiative

Tickets required
Reception to follow by invitation only, Washburn Hall

Trumpeter and composer Terrence Blanchard is an Oscar nominee, a six-time Grammy-winner, and 2018 USA Fellow. He has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies, past and present. Blanchard received an Oscar nomination for his original score for Spike Lee’s "BlacKkKlansman" and was BAFTA nominated for his original music for the film. He won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for writing “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil)” a track from "BlacKkKlansman." More recently, Blanchard has composed his second opera, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones."

Friday, October 22, 2021

Inauguration Mass

colorful streamers in St. Joseph Chapel

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
Priest concelebrants welcome

Open to the public – RSVP 

Please join us as we celebrate Mass in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel, where we will worship and pray together for God’s grace on this historic day in Holy Cross history. 

View the livestream on YouTube.

View a PDF of the program.

Read the Inauguration Mass Homily.


Luncheon for Delegates and Honored Guests

aerial view of Hogan Campus Center

Hogan Campus Center, 12 p.m.
By invitation only





Ceremony of Presidential Installation

Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex

Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.
Reception to follow

Open to the public – RSVP

Please join us for what will surely be a memorable and joyful event as Vincent D. Rougeau is sworn in as the 33rd President of Holy Cross.

View the livestream on YouTube.

View a PDF of the program.

Read the Presidential Address.

Read the Inaugural Address.


Presidential Reception and Dinner

Kimball Quad on a fall day with fall foliage

Kimball Hall Quad, 6 p.m.
By invitation only





Saturday, October 23, 2021

President's Hour

aerial view of Dinand Library

Joseph N. Dinand Library, 11 a.m.

Please join newly installed President Vincent D. Rougeau in Dinand Library as he addresses the College community and shares his thoughts on the Holy Cross experience.



Holy Cross vs. Colgate Football Game

Graphic with two helmets on a football field with the words Holy Cross Crusaders vs Colgate Raiders Saturday, October 23 at Polar Park

Polar Park, 100 Madison St., Worcester, 5 p.m.
Tickets required – Purchase tickets

Please join us at Worcester’s new Polar Park where the Crusaders will take on the Colgate Raiders. 



Inauguration Celebration with Students and Families

Kimball Quad, 8-11 p.m.