The Inauguration of Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler

⎯ Campus Events Schedule ⎯



April 19: Our University, Our Future: Celebrating the Transformative Power of Public Higher Education

A celebration of SUNY New Paltz students and our shared mission to prepare them for lifelong success.



Lecture Center North and South Lobbies


  Collaborative forum: recognizing student-faculty research or creative work, and answering the big questions.

1 p.m.
Lecture Center 100

Join President Wheeler as we kick off inauguration by highlighting how student and faculty collaborative efforts contribute to the goals of public higher education. The president will ask participants to consider some of the biggest questions impacting the University’s work. How do student-faculty collaborations influence the common good? How do they show us how to build a better society and how to help one another? How do we refine our ability to sit with conflicting ideas?



 Inaugural Festival

2 p.m.
Lecture Center North and South Lobbies & Classrooms

Have some fun with peers and mentors as we celebrate this historic moment on campus. Visit the Lecture Center to learn from student/faculty collaborative teams about their research, see dynamic presentations from more than 40 student organizations, and enjoy a scavenger hunt with passports.

April 20: Investiture Ceremony

The investiture marks the ceremonial installation of President Darrell P. Wheeler as the University’s ninth president and will bring together the campus community, higher education dignitaries, elected representatives, alumni and neighbors to celebrate the past, present and future of the University. Festivities begin with an academic processional and the ceremony will be immediately followed by a community reception. All members of the SUNY New Paltz community are invited to attend.

 Official Investiture of Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler as Ninth President of SUNY New Paltz

 Official Investiture of Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler as Ninth President of SUNY New Paltz

11 a.m.
Athletic & Wellness Center


 Community Reception

1 p.m.
Outside the Student Union, Second Floor

April 21: Our University, Our Future: The Impact of SUNY New Paltz in the Region and Beyond

Opportunities to reflect on how public higher education can support and serve society on the local and global levels. We’ll also use this day as an opportunity to thank campus visitors with special tours and a farewell and appreciation brunch.


 Campus Tours

9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
Student Union Building

Student Ambassadors will lead condensed, 45–60-minute tours for out-of-town guests and others who would like to see more of what makes SUNY New Paltz the top-tier public university in the Mid-Hudson region.



The Impact of SUNY New Paltz in the Region and Beyond (Panel)

9:30 a.m.
Studley Theatre

Join colleagues and community partners for a conversation led by President Wheeler about the University's contributions to our region.



 Thank You Brunch

11 a.m.
Science Hall Lobby

The campus community is invited to join President Wheeler for brunch and closing remarks as the formal celebration of SUNY New Paltz's ninth president comes to an end.



If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact Cathi Castillo at at least two weeks prior to the event.




 Scholarship Reception
April 19, 4 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room
Celebrating our student scholars and donors

 Investiture Dinner  
April 20, 5 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room



Campus events schedule is subject to change.