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Library. Vagt Inauguration, 1997

Identifier: RG14-04

Scope and Contents

The files contain newspaper clippings of the event; copies of the speeches given by the speakers at the inaugural ceremony; photographs; information used in planning the event; lists of invitees; inaugural certificates sent to President Vagt; and information on the planning and execution of the entire event. Please see the file folder marked "Planning - General" for a detailed description of the entire planning as written by Dr. Leland M. Park.


  • Creation: 1997


Biographical / Historical

The inauguration of Davidson College's 16th President, Robert Fredrick Vagt, occurred on October 3rd, 1997 at 11 o'clock on the Chambers Lawn. Trustees, alumni, faculty, representatives from colleges and universities all over the country, former Governors of the State of North Carolina and the students of Davidson College attended the event. Two major events were planned for the inauguration. On October 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm, a party celebrating President Vagt was held at Vail Commons. Dinner (grilled steak) was served free to all students, there was a band, and the Turstees of the College ate with the students. On October 3rd at 11am, a tremendous academic procession began the inaugural ceremonies. Included in this procession was faculty, trustees, representatives from other colleges, and 200 students representing the Classes of 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Following the ceremony, a campus wide luncheon was held on the grounds between Davidson College Presbyterian Church and Cunningham Fine Arts Building. Dr. Leland M. Park, Director of E. H. Little Library, was selected as coordinator of the Inauguration.


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Physical Location

Alcove del Sol

Mapstand D-10

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Leland M. Park

Repository Details

Part of the College Archives Repository