BU Presidential Inauguration Moved to Ferrell Center

Sept. 8, 1995

WACO, Texas -- Due to an overwhelming response, the location for the Sept. 15 inauguration of Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. has been moved from Waco Hall to the Ferrell Center.

The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. with a 500-member Inaugural Procession inside the Ferrell Center led by 185 students carrying flags. The procession will include the presidential party, representatives of other academic institutions and learned societies, Baylor faculty, representatives of the Baylor staff and the student body, and the Baylor Board of Regents -- all robed in academic regalia.

"The response to the president's inauguration has been so great that this move to the Ferrell Center was necessary," said A.W. "Bill" Bailey Jr., a Waco businessman and Baylor regent who is serving as chairman of the Inaugural Committee. "We are delighted with the enthusiastic response, and we want to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. To do so, we simply had to move the inauguration to a larger facility. All other inaugural activities will remain as previously arranged."

Those activities include:

* An Inaugural Concert at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Mary Gibbs Jones Concert Hall, located in the Glennis McCrary Music Building;

* An Inaugural Symposium on "University, Church and Society: Traditions in Tension" at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center;

* An open reception in the Burleson Quadrangle will be held immediately following the Inaugural Ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

KWTX-TV, Channel 10 in Waco, will broadcast the Inaugural Ceremony from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Sloan, 46, became the 12th president of Baylor on June 1, succeeding Herbert H. Reynolds, who became chancellor.

For more information about inaugural events, call (817) 755-3810.

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