Sixty-three representatives from colleges and universities across the country will be marching in the procession for Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo's inauguration on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. The community is invited to the ceremony and to a lowcountry barbecue and chicken bog afterwards at 5 p.m. on Prince Lawn.
The inauguration is being held in conjunction with the university's Founders' Day celebration.
Other constituents participating in the inauguration ceremony include Coastal faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty, alumni, board of trustees and more. The ceremony will be the second in Coastal's history; Ronald R. Ingle, the former president, was inaugurated Oct. 22, 1994.
DeCenzo, who became president on May 7, is expected to unveil his vision of Coastal's future during the event. "Dawning of a New Tomorrow" is the inaugural theme, which incorporates the elements of "Tradition, Integrity and Excellence."
Other inaugural events open to the public include:
• Inauguration Golf Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m., $75 per person, with proceeds to provide scholarships for Coastal's Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program.
• Pre-game Tailgate Party for students and alumni, Saturday, Sept. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Singleton Lawn.
• Coastal Football vs. Georgia Southern, Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Brooks Stadium, reserved seat tickets $15 or general admission for $10. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call the Athletic Office at 347-TIXX or toll free 1-877-4-CHANTS.
• Interfaith Worship Service, Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m., Wheelwright Auditorium will feature the Coastal Carolina University Gospel Choir, readings by students and the DeCenzo family and light refreshments in Spadoni Park afterwards; open to all.
For more information, call the Office of Special Events at 349-4101.