Inauguration ceremonies for Governor, State General Office Holders scheduled

Rhode Island State House

The Rhode Island Inauguration Ceremony will be held on the first of January, 2019 at 12 p.m. on the south portico of the State House. Governor Raimondo and the General Officers will host a greeting line in the State Room following the scheduled events on January 1.  

In accordance with RI General Law, the RI National Guard will serve as lead planning agency and the event will be held on the first Tuesday of January.  In the event of inclement weather, the alternate location is the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI 02903. Weather conditions will be assessed on 31 December and a press release will be issued if and only if the ceremony is moved from the State House location.

There will be additional celebratory events on Saturday, January 5. From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m, the General Officers will invite the public to a special State House open house—press will have full access. Members of the public are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Following the Open House, there will be free ice skating at the Alex and Ani Center in Providence. At 7:30 p.m. on January 5, the State House will host an invite-only Inaugural Gala to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank. The gala will be closed to press.


Concert:  88th Army Band, Rhode Island National Guard

Processional March:   88th Army Band, Rhode Island National Guard

Posting of Colors and Governor’s Flag: Rhode Island State Police Honor Guard

Singing of the National Anthem:  Trooper Kim Pitts-Wiley, Governor’s Executive Security

Pledge of Allegiance:  The Cranston National Budlong Little League Junior All-Star Team (Girls)

Convocation Call to Order:   The Honorable Nellie M. Gorbea, Secretary of State

Invocation:  Imam Farid Ansari, Muslim American Da’wah Center of Rhode Island

Reverend Edward L. Pieroni, St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church

Inaugural Poem: Tina Cane, State Poet

Engagement of the Governor Gina M. Raimondo: Oath by the Honorable Nellie M. Gorbea

Engagement of the Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee:  Oath by the Honorable Nellie M. Gorbea

Engagement of the Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea:  Oath by the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo

Engagement of the Attorney General Peter F. Neronha: Oath by the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo

Engagement of the General Treasurer Seth Magaziner: Oath by the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo

Presentation of the Certificate of Election: Diane C. Mederos Chairwoman, Board of Elections

Reading of the Proclamation of Election: High Sheriff David DeCesare

Presentation of the Gorget: Major General Christopher P. Callahan, The Adjutant General

Rendering of Honors to the Governor:

Ruffles and Flourishes – 88th Army Band, Rhode Island National Guard

Stars and Stripes Forever – 88th Army Band, Rhode Island National Guard

Nineteen Gun Salute – Rhode Island Militia

Inaugural Address: The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor and Captain General

Singing of America The Beautiful: Brigitta Larson, Girls Rock RI!, Alumni

Benediction:  Rabbi Sarah E. Mack, Temple Beth-El, President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater RI

Reverend Joanna Orellana, President, Social Transformation Alliance

The Venerable Chear Chhoum, The Dhamagosnarum Buddhist TempleRecessional March:  88th Army Band, Rhode Island National Guard

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