University of Michigan president’s inauguration ceremony scheduled for March 7 in Ann Arbor

Santa Ono took office in October

President Santa J. Ono speaks with members of the U-M community, including Provost Laurie McCauley (right), at a tailgate party that he attended during a recent visit to campus. (Scott C. Soderberg | Michigan Photography)

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan president Santa J. Ono will be formally inaugurated as the school’s 15th president during a ceremony at Hill Auditorium on March 7.

The inauguration will be preceded by an academic symposium with an all-campus reception following the ceremony.

Ono took office as U-M’s president on Oct. 14. Ono is a longtime university administrator and previously served as president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia and president of the University of Cincinnati. He is an accomplished vision researcher and alongside his presidential duties is a professor of visual sciences and ophthalmology at U-M’s Medical School.

According to a school release, the inauguration ceremony will feature a formal academic procession of academic delegates from schools within Michigan and around the world. Members of the Board of Regents, deans of the university, executive officers and faculty members will also be in attendance.

The ceremony will also feature speakers and musical selections, which are still yet to be determined.

After he is formally installed, Ono will follow tradition and deliver the President’s Address. Presidents have historically used the address to share their vision for U-M’s future, urge faculty and students to tackle global issues and remind the community of U-M’s values.

The timing of Inauguration Day activities is to be determined.


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