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Salve Regina University announced today that Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D. will be inaugurated as the university’s eighth president on Friday, September 20th, when the campus community will gather for a full day of events that will kick off a theme for the upcoming academic year: “The Mercy Promise: A Celebration of our Community, Collaboration and the Creative Spirit.”
The inauguration ceremony, open to both the Salve and Newport communities, will be held at 3pm beneath a tent on the oceanside lawn of McAuley Hall. Members of the university community and invited guests will participate in a procession to the tent from the O’Hare Academic Building beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The day of events will begin with a Mass at 12:15 p.m. An inaugural barbecue for students will be hosted in Gerety Hall at Wakehurst and, later in the evening, Salve students are invited to join with their new president at an Inaugural Ball under the tent. The university will end classes at noon on Friday to give students an opportunity to participate throughout the day.
Dr. Armstrong, who succeeds Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM, officially began her duties as president in July. She becomes the first layperson to serve as president of the university, which was founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Coinciding with Dr. Armstrong’s inauguration, the University will be celebrating Mercy Week with several events scheduled Sept. 18-26.
For more information visit salve.edu/inauguration.