The two-legged version of Handsome Dan communes with one of the four-legged participants.
Among the "top dogs" in attendance was Portia, the Havanese owned by Marta Elisa Moret (holding her here) and President Peter Salovey.
Remi, a therapy dog from Yale-New Haven Hospital, arrived on Cross Campus in a motorcycle sidecar, sporting googles. (Photo by Jake van Leer ’15)
Moret, Salovey, and Portia walk alongside Handsome Dan (a.k.a. Sherman) and his human, Chris Getman ’63.
Also on hand was Chester (right), the "special assistant" to Linda K. Lorimer, vice president for global and strategic initiatives, pictured here with him.
Bryce Wiatrak ’14 sang the hymn "O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand," a favorite of Salovey's. The work was written in 1832 by the Rev. Leonard Bacon (Class of 1820) in honor of New Haven's bicentennial. This year, the city marked its 375th anniversary.
Noting that the canine-centric celebration was a first in Yale inauguration history, Salovey told the audience that his 22 presidential predecessors might envy the "spirit and style" of the event.
After a procession around Cross Campus, the dogs and their owners gathered for a group photo.
After the opening ceremony, the Cross Campus stage was the site of a series of performances by Yale students, kicked off by the South Asian dance troup Jashan Bhangra.
There were also performances by Yale student magician Jen Kramer ’14 ...
... the a cappella group Shades ...
... the Yale Anti-Gravity Society.
... the Yale Swing & Blues dancers ...
... and coming in from the Jonathan Edwards College gateway, ...
... the Yale Precision Marching Band.
There was free food and drink.
People lined up for the opportunity to climb Harkness Tower to see the 54-bell Yale Carillon. Later in the day, the Yale Guild of Carilloneurs performed a number of Salovey's favorite songs.
Elsewhere on campus, visitors marveled at the objects created by the 3D printer at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design in Becton Center. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Many visitors took tours of the campus.
Some took advantage of the special discounts offered by local shops and eateries in conjunction with the event.
Still others just relaxed and enjoyed the almost-warm weather.
The Yale Peabody Museum's "¡Fiesta Latina!" celebration coincided with the Yale Open House. (Photo: Office of Public Affairs and Communications)
Like the other events that day, the museum was open to the public free of charge for the annual festival. (Photo: Office of Public Affairs and Communications)
The open house concluded with a cupcake feast for the sweeth-toothed ...
... both young and old.