Inauguration Events

Inauguration Day

Saturday, September 14

9:00 a.m.Delegate Lineup
Religious Life Suite/Seminar Room, Matthews Ministry Center
9:45 a.m.Processional to begin
10:00 a.m.Inauguration Ceremony
Huff Concert Hall, Reeves Fine Arts Complex
A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in Matthews Chapel, Matthews Ministry Center.
12:15 p.m.Campus Tours
Departing from Stout Hall
1:00 p.m.Football vs. Guilford College
Monarch Stadium

  • Purchase game tickets at the gate
  • Meet Dr. Wearden
  • Game ball to be presented at halftime
  • Special appearance by the All-Veterans Jump Team
2:00 p.m.Men’s Soccer vs. LaGrange College
Monarch Soccer Complex
Open to the public. Admission is free.

Other Inauguration Events

Sunday, September 8

1:00 p.m.Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern Mennonite University
Monarch Soccer Complex
Open to the public. Admission is free.

Monday, September 9

9:00 a.m.Dr. Wearden Reads Flat Stanley
Margaret Willis Elementary School
Closed to the public
11:00 a.m.Spelling Bee with Students
Berns Student Center
Open to MU students only

Tuesday, September 10

5:00-8:00 p.m.“Be the Bridge” Orientation for Evening Students
Berns Student Center, Upper Level
Open to MU students only

Wednesday, September 11

11:00 a.m.Chapel Service featuring President Emeritus M. Elton Hendricks
Matthews Chapel, Matthews Ministry Center
Open to the public. Admission is free.
6:00 p.m.Methodist Talks: Faculty Voices
Matthews Chapel, Matthews Ministry Center
Open to the public. Admission is free.
7:00 p.m.Men’s Soccer vs. Guilford College
Monarch Soccer Complex
Open to the public. Admission is free.

  • Featuring a halftime dog stunt show

Thursday, September 12

7:00 a.m.CityView Breakfast featuring Dr. Wearden
Highland Country Club
Open to the public.
6:30-8:30 p.m.12 Women Twelve Voices Opening Reception
David McCune International Art Gallery, Bethune Center for Visual Arts
Open to the public. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.
8:00 p.m.“Stan Fest” Carnival
Outdoor Basketball Courts
Open to MU students only
8:30 p.m.Pep Rally
Outdoor Basketball Courts
Open to MU students only

Friday, September 13

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Fair Friday
Featuring Lily and Locopops
Berns Student Center
Open to MU students only
3:00 p.m.Campus Tours
Departing from Stout Hall
Open to the public. Admission is free.
5:30 p.m.Davis Memorial Library presents “Letters from the Battlefield”
Davis Memorial Library
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Open to the public. Admission is free.
6:00 p.m.Inauguration Dinner
Highland Country Club
Closed to the public. Admission is by invitation only.
7:00 p.m.Foreign Film Festival presents “L’Amica Geniale (My Brilliant Friend)”
Nursing 103
Not Rated. Open to the public. Admission is free.
7:30 p.m.Friends of Music presents Arta Prekadini, Violinist
Hensdale Chapel
Open to the public. Admission is free.

Inauguration Highlights

  • Presidential Lattes at Starbucks on campus all week will be $2.50 for Methodist University students with ID.
  • Superhero Exhibit: Stop by the Student Involvement Center in Berns Student Center to recognize your favorite superhero/leader and learn who are Dr. Wearden’s and Ms. Davis’ favorites.
  • Favorite Books: Stop by the Davis Memorial Library to check out Dr. Wearden’s and Ms. Davis’ favorite books on display, Pride and Prejudice and The Hobbit.
  • Rocking Out: We will be playing 60s and 70s rock music throughout Berns Student Center all week.
  • All MU apparel is discounted 5% all week in the MU Bookstore to celebrate our fifth President.