HAYS — Events across four days will celebrate the inauguration of the 10th president of Fort Hays State University, Dr. Tisa A. Mason, who will be installed in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the university’s Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The public is invited.
“Dr. Mason’s inauguration is a celebration of Fort Hays State University’s accomplishments as well as the anticipation of future opportunities for our students, faculty and staff,” said Janette Meis, chair of the inauguration committee and event planner for the Office of the President.
“We are very excited to have alumni, community members, donors and other supporters on campus to experience this significant event,” she said.
After the inaugural ceremony, a celebration on the Quad is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Specifics are tentative for other inaugural events that week, which include: a special exhibit of letters and certificates of congratulation opening in Forsyth Library; a dedicated worship service hosted by Celebration Community Church on Friday morning before the ceremony; and a community service event – Swipe Out Hunger, sponsored by the Global Leadership Project – for Saturday.
The football game Saturday night against the Washburn Ichabods will feature halftime music from the university’s marching band selected especially for President Mason: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
President Mason and her husband Bill will arrive by motorcycle to present the game ball.
A more detailed schedule of events will be announced later.