Brown University will inaugurate Christina Paxson as its 19th president on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. on the College Green. An inaugural celebration will take place in Veterans Memorial Auditorium the previous evening at 8 o’clock. (See also the original news release.)

Community Celebration

8 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
Admission is free but tickets (available online) are required

Master of Ceremonies
Kate Burton ’79, internationally acclaimed star of stage and screen


  • What Cheer? Brigade, the notorious 19-piece brass band from Providence known for their signature sound
  • Brown University Jazz Band, under the direction of Matthew McGarrell
  • Word!, Brown’s spoken word/ performance poetry group
  • Christopher Johnson, award-winning Providence poet
  • Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Martin Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng
  • Jaime Rosenstein, a student in the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. program, performs “Something’s Coming” by Leonard Bernstein
  • Badmaash Dance Company, Brown’s South Asian Fusion dance team
  • Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company M.F.A. students

The Inaugural Ceremony

2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012
The College Green

  • Academic procession of faculty, trustees, fellows, senior officers, and University guests
  • Engagement of office and presentation of presidential symbols
  • Remarks by Mayor Angel Taveras, Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75, Sen. Jack Reed
  • Remarks by Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman
  • Remarks from faculty, student, and staff representatives
  • The Inaugural Address
  • Reception to follow on the College Green (tickets not required)

Editors: Please contact Courtney Coelho (e-mail or phone 401-863-7287) by Thursday, October 25, 2012, for credentials to either event.