Weeklong presidential inaugural celebration at Marquette begins

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Marquette University will begin a weeklong series of events to celebrate the Inauguration of its 23rd president, Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., leading up to Friday’s Inauguration ceremony. Media who would like to attend the ceremony or any of the Inaugural events should contact Kate Venne for parking arrangements and other details.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m.

Green Fest: Norris Park Dedication and Games on the Green. Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Bob Baumann and other community partners will join Pilarz and Marquette students at the event, which is co-sponsored by Marquette University Student Government.

This dedication of the new recreational green space for the Marquette community will also feature games, music and light refreshments. Norris Park, Kilbourn Avenue between 18th and 19th streets

Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m.

Inaugural Mass Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, will preside and Rev. Ryan J. Maher, S.J., associate dean and director of Catholic studies at Georgetown University, will be the homilist. Doors open at 2:30. Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Friday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.

Inauguration of Father Pilarz, 23rd president of Marquette University. The Inauguration ceremony will include a processional that comprises more than 100 college and university presidents and delegates from across the United States. Reflecting Pilarz’s expertise in early modern English literature and his love of poetry, Carolyn Forché, a renowned poet and author, will deliver the keynote address. Forché is the director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics at Georgetown University, and she will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., a professor of theology and ethics at the University of Central America, will also receive an honorary degree, awarded in absentia. Al McGuire Center, 770 North 12th Street

Both the Mass and the ceremony will be webcast. A link to the webcast is found on the left side of the Inauguration page.

More information on the Inauguration and the week’s events, as well as a full biography of Pilarz, is available online (www.marquette.edu/inauguration).

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