Michael J. Graham, S.J., will celebrate his formal start as Xavier’s 34th president on the site where the institution began in 1831. His inaugural Mass will take place in the St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Graham will be installed during the Mass by Michael J. Conaton, chairman of the board of trustees and a 1955 graduate. An inaugural reception and banquet will take place that evening in the Cintas Center. Graham will celebrate with students by leading the 10:00 p.m. Mass on the campus mall on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Inaugural events will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Classes are cancelled for the day, and an academic convocation will take place in the Cintas Center from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There, three faculty groups will present results from their months of interdisciplinary research on globalization, race relations and the complexity of the world. Music, art and an historical display will fill out the event.