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Seton Hall Celebrates Investiture with Weeklong Series of Events  

President Joseph Nyre inside Bethany Hall.The investiture of Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., as Seton Hall's 21st president will highlight the University's storied past, dynamic present and limitless future. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, clergy, alumni, Regents, government officials and representatives from colleges and universities throughout the nation are expected to attend the event, which will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 15 in Walsh Gymnasium. 

A special livestream of the Investiture Ceremony will be available for alumni, family and friends who are unable to attend in person.

The investiture will formally welcome President Nyre and emphasize Seton Hall's commitment to showing the world what great minds can do. President Nyre was appointed by the University's Board of Regents in February and took office on August 1. In his welcome address, he reaffirmed the University's commitment to fostering great minds by engaging in the great conversations, challenges and debates of our time. 

A week of investiture-related events will reflect Seton Hall's identity as a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit while emphasizing its power to change destinations and transform lives. Academic symposia, lectures, service projects, receptions and other events will precede the ceremony.

Two co-chairs were named to lead the investiture committee and plan a slate of events that reflect the transformational power of a Seton Hall education: Paul Fisher, Associate Chief Information Officer and Director of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center, and Father Nicholas S. Gengaro, S.T.L., S.T.B., Chaplain of the Seton Hall School of Law. 

In addition, two members of the University's Board of Regents were appointed as honorary co-chairs of the committee: Robert J. Sloan, AT&T FirstNet Chief Operating Officer; and Matthew W. Wright, Founder and President, Disciplina Group, LLC.

Fisher and Father Gengaro have spent the past several months working closely with the committee, comprised of students, faculty, administrators and staff members from the University's three campuses, to plan the ceremony and its attendant events.  

The following are some of the key investiture events. For a full schedule of events, visit the Presidential Investiture website »

Monday, November 11

The Changing Face of Sports Media: A Conversation with Bob Ley and Bob Costas
4 p.m., Bethany Hall
Two iconic sports journalists, ESPN's Bob Ley and MLB's Bob Costas, conversing about their respective journeys in the ever-changing sports media industry.

Tuesday, November 12

Great Minds Dialogue: An Academic Symposium with John Caputo
12:30 p.m., Bethany Hall
The inaugural event in the Great Minds Dialogues features noted philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo, the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. Professor Caputo will discuss academic freedom and the importance of civil, reasoned discourse. 

World Kindness Day
6 p.m., Chancellor's Suite, University Center
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Scholarship Association, this event is an opportunity for student organizations to come together in acts of service to celebrate World Kindness Day.

Wednesday, November 13

Student Luncheon with President Nyre
11:30 a.m., University Center
Students are invited to join President Nyre in the University Center for lunch during a service event supporting Operation Shoebox. Students can participate in a casual question and answer session with the President.

Center for Social Justice's Panel on Detained Immigrants
2 p.m., Faculty Library, 5th Floor, Law School
A panel discussion on the Law School Center for Social Justice’s efforts to restore dignity and represent vulnerable detained immigrants in our community and at the southern border.

Thursday, November 14

Gold Mass
Noon, Chapel and McNulty Lobby
Celebrate Mass as part of this new annual liturgical tradition at Seton Hall which celebrates Saint Albert the Great, Patron Saint of Scientists, and seeks to promote spiritual fellowship among science educators, researchers and students.

Pack the Chapel
8 p.m., Immaculate Conception Chapel
An opportunity to worship and pray before Jesus Christ during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Friday, November 15

Presidential Investiture Mass
9 a.m., Jubilee Hall

Presidential Investiture Ceremony
11 a.m., Walsh Gymnasium

Presidential Investiture Reception
1 p.m., Richard and Sheila Regan Fieldhouse

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For more information, please contact:

  • Paul Fisher
  • (973) 275-2936
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