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Casper to be inaugurated Oct. 2
STANFORD -- President Gerhard Casper will be inaugurated formally during an academic ceremony the morning of Friday, Oct. 2, organizers have announced.
The inauguration is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. in Frost Amphitheater, said Stephen Peeps, director of the inauguration committee and associate vice president for development.
Speakers will be John Friedenrich, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Casper, and Casper's two predecessors as president - Donald Kennedy and Richard Lyman.
Inauguration Committee Chair Prof. David A. Clayton, developmental biology, already has sent invitations to members of the Academic Council, asking them to take part in the procession that will open the ceremony. Peeps said staff members would receive separate invitations via campus mail. Students will be notified when they return to campus.
Tickets will be required for entry to Frost; they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30. (More details about distribution will be published in the Sept. 23 Campus Report.)
"People might wonder why we're waiting to hand out tickets until two days before the event," Peeps said. "We wanted to make sure the students had equal access to tickets."
Fall quarter instruction begins on Sept. 30. Classes will be canceled the day of the inauguration.
Following the inauguration, Casper and his wife, Dr. Regina Casper, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and John and Jill Friedenrich will meet the campus community at a reception in the Inner Quad. The reception is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. and to last until those who wish to meet the Caspers have had their chance, Peeps said.
"A Celebration of the Arts at Stanford" at the reception will include presentations by the departments of drama and music, the creative writing program, dance division, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and the Stanford Museum. In addition, the doors of newly renovated Memorial Church will be open, and there will be "modest" refreshments, Peeps said.
Casper, a professor of law who succeeded Kennedy on Sept. 1 to become the ninth president in Stanford history, will take part in a number of other non-public events on inauguration day.
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