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Faculty Participation

A presidential inauguration is an important milestone in the history of the college. Full-time faculty are invited to participate in the processional in full academic regalia. All faculty (full-time, part-time, visiting, etc.) are invited to attend the ceremony, even if not participating in the processional.


If you do not have your own regalia, please make arrangements with Sally Hoekstra in the bookstore as soon as possible. Orders are required by August 6 to avoid express charges.


2:30 p.m., Dimnent Memorial Chapel

For faculty not in the processional

All faculty are invited to attend the ceremony, even if they are not participating in the processional. The ceremony is open to the public, and no tickets are needed. There will be a reserved section in Dimnent Memorial Chapel for employees; please plan to arrive early, as the unused space in this section will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. For those faculty who are not able to be present at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, the inauguration ceremony will be streamed online at hope.edu/live and will be broadcast live in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. There also will be a live broadcast for students in the Bultman Student Center Great Room.

For faculty in the processional

  • 2:00 p.m.: Faculty (in regalia) gather on 12th Street, between Dimnent Memorial Chapel and Western Theological Seminary. In case of inclement weather, line-up will take place in Dimnent B11.
  • 2:20 p.m: Prepare to process.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Processional begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Faculty will follow the international flag-bearers and will be seated in reserved pews at the front of the chapel. 
  • Recessional: Faculty recess following the ceremony. Faculty marshals will dismiss faculty, starting with the front rows on both sides of the aisle, once the platform party has recessed.  


Classes will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on Friday so that all students and faculty may attend the ceremony. If your office is closed, you’re welcome to add this sign to your door.  


We will have hundreds of guests on campus Friday, and we hope to make their parking experience positive. (To better manage parking challenges and traffic flow, we will be offering guests valet parking.) Please extend Hope hospitality to our guests by:

  • Parking in a faculty lot or on the street on the east side of campus — far from Dimnent Memorial Chapel — to enable our guests, especially those with disabilities, to park closer. 
  • Avoiding the Western Theological Seminary parking lot south of the chapel. This lot will be reserved for accessible parking.
  • Avoiding: Lots #10 (south of Schaap Science Center) and #12 (off 10th Street, next to the VanRaalte Institute / across from the Haworth Engineering Center); Lot #20 (Admissions); Lot #22 (off 9th Street, behind the Anderson-Werkman Building); and Lot #42 (south of Kruizenga Art Museum, off Columbia Avenue). These lots will be reserved for guests’ vehicles.


For additional information, please contact Carrie High in the Provost’s Office.