Press Release for Friday, February 13, 2004

UNF Presidential Inauguration Is Feb. 20

(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- The University of North Florida will inaugurate John A. Delaney as its fifth president at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Since taking office in July, Delaney has worked with the UNF Board of Trustees, students, faculty, alumni and community leaders to develop a vision for the future of the University. It is tradition for a new university president to outline a vision to the public in an inauguration ceremony six to nine months after taking office.

The theme of this inauguration is Taking Flight, which reflects UNF’s commitment to taking the quality of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs to new heights.

The inauguration ceremony is the highlight of events that begin Monday, Feb. 16, and conclude Monday, Feb. 23.

Monday, Feb. 16, 4-5 p.m., Presidential Reception with Administrative and Professional Employees, Robinson Theatre lobby

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Presidential Reception with University Support Personnel Association Employees, Robinson Theatre lobby

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Presidential Luncheon with Students, Robinson Center, Building 14, Room 1603

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2 to 3 a.m., Late-night Breakfast, by the fountain at UNF and Alumni drives. About 250 students are expected at the breakfast, the second Student Government-sponsored breakfast of the spring semester.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to noon, Presidential Reception with Faculty, Robinson Theatre lobby

Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Rededication of the Honorary Founders plaque, east entrance of J.J. Daniel Hall. The plaque originally was unveiled Dec. 17, 1972, to honor 49 donors who contributed $500 or more to a “fund-raising and friend-raising” drive to support financial aid programs. The first president of UNF, Dr. Thomas Carpenter, will attend, along with others present 31 years ago.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Gaelic Storm Concert, Lazzara Performance Hall. For tickets, contact the Ticket Box Office at 620-2878.

Friday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m., Processional Robing, Arena. About 300 people, including Gov. Jeb Bush, Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, the UNF Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, faculty, students, and college and university delegates, will prepare for the 9:30 a.m. procession.

Friday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m., Inauguration, Fine Arts Center. The inaugural procession will begin at the Arena and travel a half mile through the campus to the Fine Arts Center. The ceremony, which includes the investiture and Delaney’s inauguration speech, is expected to last 90 minutes. Those unable to attend can watch the inauguration on the Web at

Friday, Feb. 20, Noon, Reception with the President, sites near the Fine Arts Center, including the Robinson Center, Robinson Theatre and The Green.

Feb. 20 through March 23, Art Exhibit. Professor Louise Freshman Brown has curated an alumni exhibit highlighting many of Jacksonville's prominent graduates in studio art. The exhibition will be in the Second Floor Galleries in the Fine Arts Center.

Monday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m., Dedication of the Science and Engineering Building. The dedication for this $22.6 million-building will include the demonstration of a tesla coil built by two electrical engineering students.

Monday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Distinguished Voices Lecture with Fareed Zakaria, University Center. Noted “Newsweek” columnist Fareed Zakaria will discuss his recent book, “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad.” The lecture is free, but tickets are required and are available from the Ticket Box Office at 620-2878.

For a detailed schedule of events, visit