Presidential Inauguration

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

President Valpo

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

October 30, 2021

  • Pancake Breakfast

    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

    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 […]

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  • Delegate Luncheon

    Duesenberg welcome center

    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

    Valpo Logo

    Saturday, October 30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Chapel of the Resurrection
    Tickets will be required for in-person attendance. View the live webcast of the inauguration at the given link! […]

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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 and entertainment as we celebrate the 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


    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 at St. Teresa of Avila

    ST. Teresa of Avila

    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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