Quinnipiac to celebrate University of Your Future at President Olian's inauguration

President Olian with seal


uinnipiac will celebrate a historic milestone in its rich history during a week-long, community-wide inauguration celebration that begins on Monday, April 29.

Throughout the week, members of the university community will come together to participate in a wide range of activities and events, including the inauguration exercises of Dr. Judy D. Olian as Quinnipiac’s 9th president.

“Collegiate inauguration celebrations can be traced to some of the world’s oldest institutions of higher learning, dating back to medieval times,” explained Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs and co-chair of the inauguration committee. “It’s a momentous time for Quinnipiac as we honor our past and look toward an even brighter future.”

The best of Quinnipiac will be brought to life throughout the week-long inauguration celebration — with art and academic showcases, thought-provoking lectures and philanthropic initiatives with tangible, positive impacts on the local community.

As the next chapter begins, a 5-year strategic plan is being developed to guide the university. Formulated by faculty, staff and students across Quinnipiac, the plan is a roadmap forward that positions the university to thrive in the evolving academic, cultural and economic landscape of the 21st century.

“It is deeply humbling to be entrusted with the leadership of a university as dynamic and well-regarded as Quinnipiac,” said President Olian. “As we build the University of Your Future, we take the first symbolic steps as a Quinnipiac family along with our guests at the People’s United Center on May 1. I am grateful that the inauguration committee has programmed events throughout the celebration days to bring our community together to learn, to serve and to celebrate.”

“Seeing the university rally together is truly inspiring,” said School of Law Dean Jennifer Brown. “Quinnipiac has come so far in its dynamic history, and this moment reminds our more than 50,000 alumni, 10,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff what makes this community so special. I look forward to celebrating that community with students, faculty and staff in just a few weeks.”

Festivities will kick off with Be Kind, Leave Food Behind on Monday, April 29, a week-long, university-wide food drive in which students, faculty and staff will be asked to give back to their community by dropping off unused nonperishable food at various campus locations. Area food pantries will benefit from a tradition that dates back several years.

Celebratory events include:

On Tuesday, April 30:

  • A Taste of the Arts: Quinnipiac theater, music, visual arts and game design students will showcase various visual and sensory experiences of stage, music, art and interactive video games at A Taste of the Arts from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Center on Sherman Avenue.
  • Innovation Expo: Explore Our Academic Excellence: Students and faculty from each of our eight professional schools and College of Arts and Sciences will showcase their work and projects through interactive components and presentations as part of Innovation Expo: Explore Our Academic Excellence from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Carl Hansen Student Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.

On Wednesday, May 1:

  • Inauguration: Dr. Judy Olian will be inaugurated as the 9th president of Quinnipiac from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Lender Court in the People’s United Center on the York Hill Campus.
  • Splashes of Hope: Members of the university community will paint four murals as part of our Splashes of Hope initiative from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. The completed murals will be gifted to and installed in the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.
  • Faculty Talks: A series of engaging faculty lectures exploring the future of American democracy; the future of entrepreneurial education; and the future of nutrition will be led in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus from 1:45-3 p.m.

Register today and learn more at inauguration.qu.edu — and join the conversation. Include #quinauguration in your related celebratory posts across your preferred social media platforms.