Inauguration FAQS

How will Harris-Stowe State University celebrate the inauguration of its 20th president, Dr. Corey S. Bradford Sr.?

A virtual installation ceremony will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Is Harris-Stowe State University’s inaugural event open to the public?

Yes, the virtual installation ceremony is open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be streamed on Harris-Stowe's Facebook page, with a pre-selected live audience.

When and where is the inaugural installation ceremony?

The ceremony will take place Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. (CST) in the Dwaun J. Warmack Auditorium on Harris-Stowe State University's campus.

Who may attend the inauguration ceremony?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inauguration installation ceremony will be by invite only. We invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to watch the ceremony via livestream at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Why are university presidential inaugurations important?

Universities hold inaugurations to accomplish several goals. The occasion formally invests leadership of the institution in its new president, and inaugural events allow the university’s stakeholders to become better familiar with the president and his vision. It also gives the institution an opportunity to reaffirm historic commitments, to rally the academic community around the president, and to heighten institutional visibility.

The term “inauguration,” when used in a university setting, refers to a series of events planned in celebration of the installation of a new president. The “installation” is the actual moment the new president assumes the insignia of office, which for Harris-Stowe State University is the medallion worn by the president when he or she appears in academic regalia. The ceremony itself is referred to as an “investiture.”

How should media outlets request media credentials?

Official media representatives wishing to report on elements of Harris-Stowe’s inauguration events should contact the Office of Communications and Marketing, at or (314)340-3391 for media credentials.

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