The week of Feb. 22-26, 2016, was a special one for Xavier University of Louisiana. The week was filled with campus-wide activities for students, staff, and faculty for its newly inaugurated sixth president, Dr. C. Reynold Verret.The inauguration week spanned from Monday, featured the Students First event, to Friday, ending with the official investiture and inauguration.
On Feb. 22, the Student First Event kicked off with a free t-shirt giveaway, a photo booth filled with various props students could adorn themselves with, tables where students could answer questions about Verret and receive prizes, and a cut-out of the president himself to take pictures with.
The Black History Convocation was held on Feb. 23. Although it was supposed to start at 12:15 p.m. with a procession, it was cancelled due to inclement weather.
On Feb. 24, Verret and others attended a Mass in the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel.
On Feb. 25, the “Here is Where You Turn Back: Performing New Orleans through Literature, music, and art” performance was put on by the Performing Studies Laboratory, Department of Art and Department of Music Jazz Ensemble.
On Friday, Feb. 26, Verret was officially inaugurated as president of Xavier University of Louisiana. While the events officially recognized the new leader, Verret saw the week as “a pledge to
Xavier,” and a chance to have “a conversation with the community.” Verret was ecstatic at his opportunity to officially become part of the Xavier family. He commented how this was not the first time he has been a part of an investiture, but the first time he has been on the receiving end.
“The Inauguration is a passage of tradition,” Verret said. “It’srecognition that we stand on a history, that we stand on a mission, and that we stand on a tradition. Xavier’s tradition is its commitment to service, and we educate leaders.” At his investiture, Verret implied in his speech that the bond of students goes further than Xavier’s community, alluding to Xavier’s mission statement.
“Let us further our force of mind and spirit, our institutional soul and our many talents to shape Xavier’s destiny, to keep the promise to educate, to transform students and to be a vessel of grace for the next 90 years and more to come,” Verret said.