Community Celebration

Harris inauguration events span full week

After his first 123 days on the job, James T. Harris III, DEd, was inaugurated as the University of San Diego’s fourth president at a formal installation ceremony on Dec. 4, 2015.

The preceding week kicked off with a Partners for Change Community Colloquium, featuring Ira Harkavy, PhD, the assistant vice president and founding director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Torero Tuesday found alumni, parents and friends coming together to celebrate USD on the annual global day dedicated to giving back, resulting in more than $100,000 in donations that supported university programs and student-scholars. On Wednesday, nearly 100 volunteers took part in an event dubbed “USD in CommUNITY.”

This day of service at the Montgomery Middle School was highlighted by the renovation of the school’s community garden, including projects such as a large garden shed, undergrounding the irrigation system and rebuilding plant beds. The week came to a crescendo with an Inauguration Mass in Founders Chapel on Thursday and the Installation Ceremony of Dr. Harris on Friday, which was held at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Delegates from a number of Catholic colleges as well as USD trustees, executive officers, deans, faculty and community leaders took part in the formal processional, which was followed by the Presidential Address and a campus-wide reception. Sunday was the culmination of the week, when USD met SDSU for the City Championship men’s basketball game at Petco Park. The Toreros won the day with a 53-48 upset of the then-nationally ranked Aztecs.

View a video of inauguration week activities.

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