Presidential Inauguration

The Board of Directors announces the inauguration of José D. Padilla, J.D.
Valparaiso University’s 19th President

Saturday, October 30 – 2:30 p.m.

Chapel of the Resurrection

The celebration will be a weeklong series of events, beginning Monday, Oct. 25, including a lecture series, service project, and campus reception.


On Dec. 2, 2020, José D. Padilla, J.D., was announced as Valparaiso University’s 19th president. A dynamic thinker, and natural leader, President Padilla brings many skills, experiences, and accomplishments in higher education that are ideally suited to the University’s needs today and in the future.

Schedule of Events

October 24 – October 31


October 24 – 27, 2021

October 28 – 29, 2021

  • Campus Community Trunk or Treat

    Trunk or Treat

    Thursday, October 28 – 5 p.m.
    Parking Lot 15 and the Harre Union West Lawn
    The Staff Employee Advocacy Council (SEAC) is sponsoring a trick-or-treating event for the entire Valpo area community! […]

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  • “All Beacons Welcome” Kick-Off Event

    Friday, October 29 – 5 p.m.
    Harre Union West Lawn Tent
    This culturally inclusive event will celebrate all Beacons and the uniqueness of Valpo. The event will begin with a parade starting at 4:30 pm […]

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  • Theatre Production: Baby with the Bathwater

    Theatre

    Friday, October 29 – 8 p.m.
    Valparaiso University Center of the Arts
    Read more details about the theatre production and other offerings of the theatre department at their website […]

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October 30, 2021

  • Pancake Breakfast

    Saturday, October 30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Harre Union, Founders’ Table
    In appreciation of the campus community’s hard work and showing their support, the breakfast will be served by various faculty, staff and Board members.   […]

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  • Campus Service Projects

    Saturday, October 30 – 9 a.m.
    Campus and City of Valparaiso
    Support your community by participating in one of several service projects. Signup for service projects at valpo.edu/volunteer […]

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  • Delegate Luncheon

    Saturday, October 30 – 11: 30 a.m.
    Duesenberg Welcome Center (By invitation only)
    Valpo will welcome academic delegates, government officials, ecclesiastical representatives and special guests at a luncheon prior to the inauguration ceremony. […]

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  • Inauguration Ceremony

    Saturday, October 30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Chapel of the Resurrection
    The inauguration ceremony will officially place José D. Padilla as the president of Valparaiso University. Tickets will be required for the inauguration […]

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  • Campus Reception

    Christopher Center Library

    Saturday, October 30, 4 p.m.
    Christopher Center
    Reception is open to all. Join us for food, drinks and entertainment as we celebrate the Presidential Inauguration. […]

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  • Beacons Basketball

    Beacons Basketball

    Saturday, October 30 – 6 p.m.
    Athletics and Recreation Center(ARC)
    Men’s Basketball first home game – More details at Beacon Basketball! […]

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October 31, 2021

  • Reformation Festival Service

    stained glass

    Sunday, October 31 – 10 a.m.
    Chapel of the Resurrection
    Join President Padilla and the Valparaiso University community in this service of thanksgiving for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. University Pastor Katherine […]

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  • Theatre Production: Baby with the Bathwater

    Theatre

    Sunday, October 31 – 2 p.m.
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
    Read more details about the theatre production and other offerings of the theatre department at their website […]

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  • Catholic Service

    Sunday, October 31 – 5 p.m.
    St. Teresa of Avila
    Students, faculty, and local families are invited to participate in the liturgy as the bishop offers a special blessing upon President Padilla […]

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