Hope College's 14th President Matthew A. ScoginCelebrate the inauguration of Matthew A. Scogin, 14th president of Hope College.

Hope President Names Free Tuition as Top Goal During Inaugural Address 

Installation Ceremony

Friday, September 13 

Doors will open at 1:30 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 pm. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The installation ceremony will be broadcast live in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Auditorium for individuals who prefer that viewing location and for additional seating if necessary. Students are encouraged to attend the ceremony or gather in the Bultman Student Center Great Room for a more informal viewing experience. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. This event is open to the public and no tickets are needed.

A public celebration will immediately follow the ceremony at the Haworth Inn & Conference Center.


Ceremony attendee parking will be available in all Visitor parking lots.  Additional parking lots near Dimnent Chapel will be reserved including lot #12 south of Schaap Science Center off of 12th Street. Accessible parking spaces will be available in the parking lot on College Avenue, south of Dimnent Chapel and lot #42 south of Kruizenga Art Museum off of Columbia Avenue.

To better manage parking challenges and traffic flow, Hope College will be offering complimentary valet parking to our inauguration guests. We strongly encourage you to use the valet service, which will be available at the Haworth Inn & Conference Center from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (prior to the luncheon through the end of the post-ceremony celebration).

Parking Lot Map

Live Stream

The ceremony will be streamed online at hope.edu/live

Alumni, friends, family and others who are not able to attend the ceremony are encouraged to watch the livestream.

Week of Inaugural Events

Celebrate the inauguration with a week of events in conjunction with our Hope-Holland Community Day Festivities. See the full inaugural event schedule.


If you are an individual needing accommodations for a disability in order to attend or participate in inauguration events, please contact Christina Ivey at inauguration@hope.edu. Hope College is committed to ensuring equal access by making its programs, events and services accessible to all attendees. We are constantly striving to be better and welcome comments or suggestions at dar@hope.edu.

Arriving to the Ceremony

Accessible parking spaces will be available in the Western Theological Seminary Community & Guest parking lot on College Avenue, south of Dimnent Memorial Chapel. When this parking lot is full, an attendant will direct you to additional parking and arrange for a shuttle service to and from Dimnent Chapel and the Haworth Inn & Conference Center.

The accessible entrance into Dimnent is located on College Avenue on the west side of the chapel. An elevator is located directly inside the entrance.

During the Inauguration Ceremony

Preferred seating for individuals needing a sign language interpreter will be available. To be seated in this area, please notify an usher when you arrive. Unused seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel and Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts are both hearing loop enabled. For an optimal loop experience, we recommend that you choose a seat near the end of a pew on the main floor in Dimnent and on the main floor in Jack H. Miller. Be sure to set your hearing aid to T-coil setting and enjoy the ceremony.   

Following the completion of the ceremony, a closed captioned recording will be posted to the Hope College YouTube channel. 

 Inauguration Celebration Following the Ceremony

Following the inauguration ceremony, an inauguration celebration will be held at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. This mix-and-mingle, informal event will take place in a large ballroom with live music. It will be an opportunity to congratulate President Scogin and connect with the Hope College community. There will be shuttles available alongside College Avenue on the west side of Dimnent to transport attendees to the celebration.   

Food at the inauguration celebration will include gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options and dishes containing any of the eight major food allergens will be labeled. Any questions or inquiries regarding food allergies can be directed to Cristina Ivey at inauguration@hope.edu.

About President scogin

Matt and Sarah Scogin

Matthew A. Scogin '02, who formerly served as chief administrative officer at the global financial advisory firm of Perella Weinberg Partners in New York City and has also held senior positions with both the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. Treasury Department, assumed office on July 1, 2019. 

Getting to Campus

Driving Directions

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids is 34 miles from Hope College.

Amtrak offers daily service from Chicago to Holland's Padnos Transportation Center, located just blocks from campus. Save 15% on travel throughout the Midwest when you book through Amtrak's student discount fare finder.

Indian Trails also offers service to Holland's Padnos Transportation Center, located just blocks from campus.

Preferred Hotels

These hotels have demonstrated excellence in hospitality for parents, alumni and friends. We are pleased to recommend them to you for your next visit.

Places to Eat
  • Alpen Rose Restaurant and Café
    Alpen Rose offers a fresh yet classic approach to European Dining, with award-winning service and pastries.
  • CitySēn Lounge
    Dine at CitySēn Lounge. Need an energy boost? Try fair trade organic coffee at CityBrü Coffee.
  • Hops at 84 East
    Located at 84 East 8th Street in beautiful downtown Holland. A kitchen that creates several delicious entrees, burgers, sandwiches and brick oven pizzas.
  • Ferris Coffee
    Ferris has a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with great conversation, delicious treats baked fresh on site, and a large selection of whole-bean coffee and loose-leaf tea.
  • Lemonjello’s Coffee
    Lemonjello’s Coffee provides coffee, music and community. Along with standard muffins, cookies and scones, Lemonjello’s offers a number of gluten-free, vegan and organic products.
  • New Holland Brewery
    Each bottle of New Holland’s craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.
  • Orange Leaf
    Orange Leaf is a self-serve, choose-your-own toppings frozen treat destination unlike any other.
Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Holland Area Visitors GuideThe Holland CVB is a great resource to help plan your next visit. Visit their website for information about staying, playing, eating and shopping in Holland. Reach them by phone at 800.506.1299 or with a short walk from campus to 78 E. 8th Street.

View the Holland Area Visitors Guide.