The Inauguration in Video and Photos

The Inauguration in Video and Photos

A video of the full ceremony:

The inauguration of Daniel H. Weiss, Haverford’s 14th president, took place on Saturday, Oct. 26, on a spectacular fall day that brought sunshine, blue skies, and pleasant temperatures.

The event brought together five of the College’s previous presidents, who were part of the  more than 200-member robed processional that conducted Dan Weiss into Marshall Auditorium in Roberts Hall for the ceremony.

Various members of the Haverford community, representing, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, took to the podium to welcome Weiss, as did members of the Corporation and the Board of Managers. Anya Krugovoy Silver ’90 read her poem “Kore,” and Bryn Mawr College Interim President Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Swarthmore College President Rebecca S. Chopp, and William G. Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a longtime friend of Weiss, all offered remarks. And after the ceremony, an expanded Haverford community (which included the throngs on campus for Inauguration, as well as those attending Family and Friends Weekend) gathered in Alumni Field House for a community luncheon.


Weiss (left) before the ceremony with (L-R) Bob Gavin, Tom Tritton, Steve Emerson, and Joanne Creighton.

2jr-DWandkessengerWith Haverford’s 11th President, Tom Kessinger.

3jr-DWwithTrittonWith the College’s 12th President, Tom Tritton
4jr-DWwithEmerspmWith Stephen G. Emerson ’74, the 13th President.
5JR6preszSMThe presidents gather for a formal portrait. (left to right) Kessinger, Tritton, Weiss, Emerson, Joanne Creighton (interim president 2011-2013), and Robert Gavin (who served as acting president in 1996).
6robingin hallThe members of the President’s procession gather in Founders Great Hall.

8JRprocessionstarts9jr-proc.onwalk9jr-facultyprocess9jr-qendofprocessThe procession enters Roberts Hall, with Weiss at the end.

11jr-evanswelcomeClerk of the Corporation, Jonathan Wood Evans ’77 welcomes the audience.12jr-krugovoyAnna Krugovoy Silver ’90, reads her poem “Kore.”
13jr-koshlandCatherine P. Koshland ’72.
14jr-choppRebecca S. Chopp, president of Swarthmore College, holds up a copy of the book she and Dan Weiss recently co-authored.15jr-cassidyInterim President of Bryn Mawr College Kimberly Wright Cassidy.
16jr-bowenWilliam G. Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

17DZJdwseated21DZJDRobertsspeaksDeborah H. Roberts, chair of the Classics department and clerk of the faculty.

21jr-choralefrombalcA performance by the Chamber Singers of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, directed music professor  Thomas Lloyd. 22DZJsingers

23DZJHLonstageBoard of Managers Co-Chair Howard Lutnick ’83 presents Dan Weiss to the College.24jr-DWfullplatform



27jr-presentingquoteOn behalf of the College, Lutnick presents to Weiss a framed quotation from Isaac Sharpless that was part of his commencement address to the Class of 1888.
28DZJDWKKHLwalkingWeiss walks with Board Co-Chairs Catherine Koshland and Howard Lutnick after the ceremony.

Photos by Jim Roese and Dan Z. Johnson.

For more coverage of inauguration, read a live-tweeted account of the day, including excerpts from the different inauguration speeches, here


  1. A great day for the entire Haverford community. Good luck Dan, and know that we are all with you.

  2. What a magnificent, joyous, forward-looking event Dan Weiss’ inauguration must have been ! I’m very sorry I could not be there….. Unquestionably, I will follow Haverford’s development as it unfolds in the next several years….. Congratulations, Dan Weiss!

  3. a very enjoyable photo presentation … sufficiently so, that i was THERE for a few minutes in time! best wishes to our prexy, Dan Weiss. jbg. ’43. madison WI.

  4. Outstanding portfolio of photos. Inspiring to see. Great to see Bob Gavin. Moments of the past came to light.

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