OPINION: UP History is being made and you do not want to miss it

By Emma Fuller | September 19, 2022 1:30pm

Photo courtesy of Emma Fuller.

As our transition into “back-to-school mode” settles into a rhythm, something special also awaits us — the inauguration of our new president Robert Kelly. This will be a unique celebration that none of us should miss.

University of Portland history is being made. We will be witnesses to the ultimate DEIJ statement as President Kelly becomes the first layperson and African American president to lead our University. 

This is a time of excitement and hope for the future of UP. Personally, I also see this as a window of opportunity for change and the perfect time for a renewed commitment to DEIJ work. 

We are truly writing a new chapter for UP.

This will be the first inauguration since 2014. There will be people visiting our campus from around the country to attend the events, including other university ambassadors, academic leaders, professors, students, board members, administrators, alumni, donors and more.

All UP students are invited and welcome to be a part of the festivities. Be there to show your UP pride or if you’re just curious to see what an inauguration looks like. This will be a special memory as we share in a groundbreaking moment on The Bluff.

The inauguration ceremony happens this Friday at 3:15 p.m. in the Chiles Center. There’s also an Inauguration Mass at 11:00 a.m. (also in Chiles). There’s even a dance on the Academic Quad Friday night where we can continue the celebration. Classes will be suspended this Friday starting at 10:15 a.m. so that all of us can attend the day’s festivities.

Come be part of a united UP community in support of President Kelly and his family. See you there, Pilots!

Emma Fuller is the ASUP president. She can be reached at fuller23@up.edu.

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