Presidential Inauguration

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Laurie L. Patton was inaugurated Middlebury's 17th president on Sunday, October 11.

Under brisk blue skies and surrounded by spectacular fall foliage, Middlebury inaugurated Laurie L. Patton as its 17th president on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

The inauguration ceremony featured poetry readings by United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, musical performances and literary readings by students and faculty, greetings from numerous distinguished guests, and a keynote talk by Duke University President Richard Brodhead.

The ceremony followed a weekend of festivities that included academic panel discussions, an outdoor concert, and fireworks.

More than 70 delegates from other colleges, universities, and learned societies joined the celebration on Sunday, processing in academic regalia on a route from Old Chapel up Storrs Walk to the inauguration site adjacent to McCullough Student Center.

Read our news coverage of the inauguration.