Yale Inauguration festivities welcome all, Oct. 12-13

Preparations are in full swing for the celebration of the inauguration of Peter Salovey as the university’s 23rd president, with the formal Inauguration Ceremony to be held at 2 p.m. in Woolsey Hall on Sunday, Oct. 13.

For the first time in 312 years, the ceremony can be viewed live by all, anywhere in the world, on YouTube. There will also be two large screens on campus for group viewing — one in Battell Chapel and another on Hillhouse Avenue, where a festive block party will follow the Inauguration Ceremony. Watch YaleNews for more details about the procession, traditions, and regalia of the inauguration ceremony next week.

The days leading up to the formal ceremony will be packed with events specifically for faculty and staff, students, and visiting delegates from other universities and learned societies. These include symposia, a concert, receptions, and student celebrations. 

Open house focuses on ‘inspiring connections’

Everyone at Yale, in New Haven, and beyond is invited to a campus-wide open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m-5 p.m. The event is inspired by Salovey’s commitment to make Yale even more accessible and more unified. The day begins with a “canine kick-off” on Cross Campus that will feature Yale mascot Handsome Dan XVII and other prominent campus dogs, including Portia, the Havanese who shares a home with Salovey and his wife, Marta Moret. Throughout the day, there will be dozens of special tours, performances, and other events. A detailed listing can be found on the Inauguration website.

Designed to appeal to long-time members of the Yale community, infrequent visitors to campus, and everyone in between, the Saturday open house offers behind-the-scenes looks at Wright Laboratory, Ingalls Rink, Harkness Tower, and Rudolph Hall (home of the School of Architecture), as well as special activities in the museums, galleries, and other venues. Yale’s professional schools will welcome visitors in the morning and early afternoon. From 2 to 4 p.m., all 12 residential colleges and the Graduate School will welcome visitors, offering a chance to look “inside the gates” at some of Yale’s most distinctive spaces.

Guests are encouraged to share their favorite places on campus via social media, and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications will hold Yale’s first “Instagram Photo Challenge.” Contest prizes include lunch with the president and an opportunity to walk Handsome Dan at a home football game.

The neighborhood shares in the inauguration spirit

Yale’s downtown neighbors are joining in the celebration, with a number of New Haven restaurants and shops having special offers through the weekend tied to a “23” theme, from $23 prix fixe menu options at restaurants to 23% discounts at some shops. A list of participating sites can be found online at the Yale Inauguration website.

The Shubert Theater, the New Haven Museum, and the historic Grove Street Cemetery will also host open houses on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Shubert’s annual family day will run 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; the New Haven Museum will offer free admission and tours noon–2 p.m.; and the cemetery — the final resting place of 14 past Yale presidents — will hold special tours during the day.

Festive block party caps the celebration

Following the Inauguration Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 13, all are invited to a block party on Hillhouse Avenue, between Trumbull and Sachem streets, 3-5 p.m. in honor of Salovey and Moret. The block party will feature music, food, dancing, and the chance to greet the new president and his wife.

Entertainment at the block party will include Yale a cappella singing groups, a salsa band, and the Deadly Gentlemen, a bluegrass band. Attendees can enjoy cotton candy, ice cream, popcorn, and farm-fresh apples, as well as games and performances by clowns, a juggler, and a stilt walker.

The capstone of a week of Inauguration events, the block party honors the new president and is an opportunity for those from all parts of the campus — as well as university neighbors, alumni, and other guests — to join together in a festive spirit of celebration.

Watch YaleNews (http://news.yale.edu/) and Yale social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr) for ongoing coverage of the inauguration, and check the Yale Inauguration website for detailed information and schedules.