The Inauguration of Daniel J. Ennis
Delta State University’s Ninth President
Dr. Daniel J. Ennis, who assumed office on June 1, 2023, will be formally installed as Delta State University’s ninth president on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Dr. Michael T. Benson, President of Coastal Carolina University, will deliver the inaugural address. The ceremony will be the heart of a series of events that celebrate Dr. Ennis and Delta State University.
The Inaugural Ceremony, or investiture, is an academic tradition originating in English universities. The word “investiture” comes from the Latin phrase for “dress in robe,” and this term used in academia refers to the donning of the university’s regalia.
The Inaugural Ceremony is an important institutional event that formally marks a new era of leadership. The event includes many academic traditions and protocols, including an academic procession with delegates from other colleges and universities, as well as faculty of the host institution. The ceremony typically features musical selections, greetings from university and community groups, introduction of the president, an address, the official transfer of institutional leadership, and the singing of the Alma Mater.
Monday, Feb. 19
3 – 4 PM
4 – 4:30 PM
Reception following Centennial Lecture
Thursday, Feb. 22
7 – 9 AM
Faculty and Staff Breakfast
H.L. Nowell Student Union, State Room
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
H.L. Nowell Student Union, Second Floor East Lobby
Friday, Feb. 23
7:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Community Service Day in Rolling Fork
A Delta Celebration for the Inauguration of Daniel J. Ennis
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
*By invitation only
Saturday, Feb. 24
8 – 9 AM
*By invitation only
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Bologna Performing Arts Center
H. L. Nowell Student Union, State Room
Academic delegates are official representatives of other colleges, universities, and higher educational professional organizations and societies. They will join local and state leaders, Foundation Board, Alumni Board, and other representatives in the procession. The university is extremely appreciative to all delegates who will serve as designated representatives of their institutions and organizations at the inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Ennis.
Academic regalia is required for official delegates, platform guests, Delta State University faculty and administrators. Delegates must bring their own regalia. If you need assistance in ordering regalia, please email email@example.com
The nearest international airports are located in Memphis, Tennessee (110 miles north of Cleveland) and Jackson, Mississippi (130 miles southeast of Cleveland). The nearest municipal airport is located within Cleveland’s city limits. Guests arriving by commercial flights in Memphis or Jackson may utilize rental car services.
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Delta State University is located on Highway 8 West in Cleveland, Mississippi. From the intersection of Highways 61 and 8 in Cleveland, travel west on Highway 8 approximately one mile to the campus entrance.