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9-19-11 Dr. Leslie Pollard to be Inaugurated as Oakwood University's 11th President
Four-day inaugural weekend planned
Official inauguration events for the installation of Oakwood University's 11th president, Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., MBA, will take place on Thursday, October 13, through Sunday, October 16, 2011, on the campus of Oakwood University, located at 7000 Adventist Boulevard, NW, in Huntsville, Ala. Inauguration events will commence on Thursday, October 13, and span four consecutive days, culminating with the Installation Service on Sunday, October 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Oakwood University Church, 5500 Adventist Boulevard, NW, Huntsville. The inauguration weekend schedule of events is as follows:
Thursday, October 13, 2011:
• Community Luncheon, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Bradford Cleveland Brooks Leadership Center (By Special Invitation). The favor of a reply is requested by September 16, 2011. www.oakwood.edu/inauguration | Phone: 800.824.5320
Friday, October 14, 2011:
• Oakwood Partners in Mission Scholarship Brunch in support of the Presidential Scholarship, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Wade Hall Multipurpose Room (By Special Invitation). Cost Per Individual: $100. The favor of a reply is requested by September 16, 2011. www.oakwood.edu/inauguration | Phone: 800.824.5320
• Family, friends and guests are welcome to tour Oakwood’s award-winning campus and visit the Clara Peterson-Rock Museum in the Eva B. Dykes Library.
• Salute to the First Family, 6:00 p.m. at the Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists (Program is free and open to the public)/
Saturday, October 15, 2011:
• Sabbath School, 9:15 a.m. at the Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists
• Divine Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. at the Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists
• Presidential Luncheon, 1:30 p.m. at the Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center (By Special Invitation)
• Presidential Forum, 3:30 p.m. at the C.T. Richards Chapel – Moseley Complex
• Vespers, 6:00 p.m. at the Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists
Sunday, October 16, 2011:
• Installation Ceremony - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Witness the Installation of Dr. Leslie N. Pollard as the 11th President of Oakwood University. This ceremony will feature special guests, including the Aeolians of Oakwood University. Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Delegates: The favor of a reply is requested by September 16, 2011. www.oakwood.edu/inauguration | Phone: 800.824.5320 (Ceremony is free and open to the public)
• Grand Reception immediately following the Installation Ceremony, at the Garland J. Millet Activity Center (Reception is free and open to the public)
Dr. Pollard has served as Oakwood University’s president since January 3, 2011. However, due to an extremely full 2010-2011 academic calendar, inauguration events were postponed until the 2011 Fall Semester to allow sufficient time for the planning and preparation necessary for his official installation.
An interactive online version of the actual presidential inauguration invitation will be posted on the Oakwood University website within the next 48 hours, at www.oakwood.edu.