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Dr. James. F. Conneely to be Inaugurated as Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Twelfth President in Historic Ceremony

March 25, 2013

WHO:                         James F. Conneely, Ph.D., President of Notre Dame of Maryland University

WHAT:                        Presidential Inauguration Ceremony  

WHEN:                        12 noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 5 (*procession begins at 11:30 a.m. from Gibbons Hall)

WHERE:                      LeClerc Auditorium, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore 21210

CONTACT:                   Nancy Carr, Notre Dame of Maryland University; Office: 410-532-5546; Mobile: 443-615-6663; ncarr@ndm.edu


  • The formal ceremony will include a procession from Gibbons Hall into LeClerc Hall, the investiture and presentation of the mace and medallion, symbols of university leadership; and Dr. Conneely’s inaugural address.
  • Procession of faculty, trustees and delegates from 54 universities in academic regalia; international students in native dress carrying flags from their respective homelands; student and faculty award winners; pre-school children from A Child’s Place and senior learners from the Renaissance Institute; alumnae representing classes from eight decades.
  • Guests including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Notre Dame presidents Mary Pat Seurkamp and Dorothy Brown, Nancy Grasmick, Marion Knott, Mary Catherine Bunting, and Debbie Phelps.
  • Benediction by Bishop Denis Madden, reading by alumna and poet Diane Scharper ’64, and musical performances by Notre Dame’s Women’s College Choir.
  • Presidents of Maryland’s Harford Community College, Hood College, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Sojourner-Douglass College, Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore, Washington Adventist University and Washington College; as well as Immaculata University, Saint Bonaventure University, Oberlin College and Mount Mary University. Delegates representing more than 40 additional colleges and universities.