The ceremony began when two processions — one led by Salovey, the other by Margaret H. Marshall, senior fellow on the Yale Corporation — met on Cross Campus.
By joining the procession of current and former officers and fellows led by the senior trustee, the new president symbolically marked his move from the faculty to the administration.
Among those in attendance was Richard C. Levin, Yale's 22nd president, shown here marching behind Salovey.
The delegates from other colleges and universities entered Woolsey Hall in the order of their institution's founding.
Salovey noted that among the assembled were some of his teachers from high school and graduate school.
Two of Salovey's presidential peers offered him congratulations and best wishes for the future: Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University ...
... and Tan Chorh Chuan of the National University of Singapore.
Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander read her poem "Allegiance," about the 19th-century educator Prudence Crandall, who ran a school in Connecticut for African-American girls.
Marshall presented Salovey with three symbols of office: the 1701 charter establishing the collegiate school, the university seal, and the keys to Connecticut Hall, Dwight Chapel, the Harkness Tower gateway, and Sterling Memorial Library.
Kimberly Goff-Crews, university secretary and vice president for student life, and Marshall place the President's Collar on Salovey. The collar is worn on all important university occasions.
The newly inaugurated Yale president, shown here waving to the crowd, began his Inauguration Address by saying: "With great joy, excitement, and hope, I accept the leadership of this university.”
After the ceremony, Salovey's wife, Marta Elisa Moret, the president, and the senior trustee walked from Woolsey Hall to the block party on Hillhouse Avenue.
There, they were greeted by students singing Yale's anthem, "Bright College Years," ...
... and enthusiastically joined in the waving of handkerchiefs at the song's conclusion.