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The Board of Trustees invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college to the

inauguration of John E. Jones III ’77, P’11
as the 30th president of Dickinson College

Saturday, September 24, 2022
at ten o’clock in the morning
on the John Dickinson Campus of
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 23 — 4 p.m.

John M. Paz '78 Alumni & Family Center Groundbreaking
212 W. High St, Carlisle

Join us for this first step in our exciting new project to transform the Historic President’s House into the new John M. Paz '78 Alumni & Family Center. Historic President's House - map No. 58.

Saturday, September 24 — 10 a.m.

Inauguration of Dickinson’s 30th President,  John E. Jones III ’77, P’11
John Dickinson Campus (rain location: Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium)

Post-Inauguration Tailgate — Immediately Following
Biddle Field

Come together with other Dickinsonians, as guests of John ’77 & Beth Jones P’11, for a celebratory lunch & tailgate following the inauguration. Registration will be required.

The weekend is also Dickinson’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, so there will be a full slate of programs and activities for you to make the most of your time with us in Carlisle. Click here to see a full schedule of events.

Questions About the Inauguration?


(717) 245-1792

Delegate & Processional Information

Dickinson is proud to invite a number of delegate groups to march in the official processional at the Inauguration of President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11.

Delegates include faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, as well as distinguished representatives from various colleges and universities.

Please note that this page only contains information for those who have been invited to participate in the official processional.

Processional Check-in

For those who will be participating in the Inauguration Procession, the processional check-in will be available beginning at 8 a.m. at the Waidner-Spahr Library which is marked on this campus map.

Delegates should arrive by 9 a.m. with their academic regalia and report to the Waidner-Spahr Library. Faculty and staff should report to Britton Plaza.

Dickinson staff and marshals will assist and provide details about the order of the procession. Each college/university delegate will have an assigned position in the procession according to the year of the institution’s founding. Alumni and student delegates will be placed in order according to class year. Delegates may leave personal items in the robing rooms; staff will be on hand to watch personal items. Restrooms and light refreshments will be available in the robing area.

The procession will begin at 9:45 a.m. to begin the Inauguration Ceremony promptly at 10 a.m. Weather permitting, the procession will start at Waidner-Spahr Library, proceeding east on High St., across College St. to the lawn in front Old West. Alumni and student delegates will lead the processional, followed by delegates from colleges and universities, higher education associations, the trustees, faculty members and the platform party.

Parking & Guest Seating

Parking for the weekend has been reserved for delegates behind the Waidner-Spahr Library which is noted on this campus map. You may print this parking permit, which will also be emailed to you, for you to place on your dashboard to gain entrance to reserved parking. Reserved seating is available for your guests. The reserved seating section is located on the east side of the stage, near the Benjamin Rush statue.

Processional Attire

Please note that you are responsible for bringing your academic regalia. If you do not have your own, please contact the college or university you are representing so that they may provide you with the necessary academic regalia.

Inauguration Ceremony

The Inauguration Ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. immediately following the processional and will last about an hour. It is at this ceremony that John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 will be formally installed as the 30th president of Dickinson College. Processional delegates will participate in the recessional at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Post-Inauguration Tailgate

Immediately following the ceremony, all guests are invited to attend a celebratory lunch & tailgate at Biddle Field, which is noted on this campus map. Feel free to remain after the tailgate celebration as the Red Devils football team takes on Susquehanna University at 1 p.m.

Health and Safety Measures

For the health and safety of all of our guests, COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test is recommended prior to arriving on campus. We ask that you do not attend if you have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within two weeks of the ceremony or are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

Face coverings are optional. Respect is mandatory. Wearing a face covering is an individual decision. Please be kind and respect everyone’s choice. Thank you.

Depending on pandemic conditions, additional health and safety protocols may be implemented which could include masking indoors and outdoors, guests being required to show vaccination cards or a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the ceremony or limiting the number of guests to ensure social distancing.

Ceremony Seating

Early in the morning, college staff will reserve seating for the processional, other special guests and and special seating for those who have made arrangements in advance for attendees with physical disabilities. All other seats are unreserved and first-come first-serve.

There are a limited number of special-seating tickets for those who have difficulty walking or need wheelchair access are available by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 717-245-1900 or prior to Wednesday, September 21.

General Parking

Parking spaces on or adjacent to the Dickinson campus are limited and may be particularly hard to find during the ceremony. Some areas of campus may have greater availability for parking, and can be found on the college’s parking map.

Clothing Suggestions

We recommend that you dress for Carlisle’s famously unpredictable fall weather, and for our walkable campus. Wear layers—temperatures can vary a lot from sun to shade, and from noon to evening—and bring comfortable shoes for walking around campus.