Preparations Begin in Harvard Yard For Bacow Inauguration




Preparations for University President Lawrence S. Bacow’s inauguration ceremony are currently being made in Harvard Yard. The ceremony is set for Friday, October 5. On that day, Harvard Yard will be open only to Harvard University ID or ticket holders from 6 AM until 6:00 PM. The days’ festivities begin with an Academic Procession at 2:00 PM at Boylston Hall where faculty will gather. The official installation of Bacow as President begins at 2:30 PM at the Tercentenary Theatre. Afterwards will follow the Bacow Block Party in the yard.

Seating at Tercentenary Theatre opens at 1:00 PM. Before the inaugural festivities begin, Harvard will also host a series of academic symposia led by Harvard faculty. The lottery to attend the symposia has already closed.

Lawrence S. Bacow has earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.P.P and PhD from Harvard Kennedy School. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT, where he went on to be a professor and chancellor. Following his time at MIT, Bacow served as the President of Tufts University for ten years. Bacow now replaces former President Drew Faust to become the Harvard’s twenty-ninth president. He is already a member of the Corporation, the University’s governing board. The announcement of his presidency was made on February 11. The decision was made by the Presidential Search Committee chaired by William F. Lee, also a member of the Harvard Corporation.

Amal Abdi ( looks forward to the celebrations surrounding the inauguration of President Bacow.