18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Inauguration Events

The University of Kansas has scheduled two weeks of inauguration activities that include community service opportunities, social activities, music concerts, building dedications, and a TED Talk-style research symposium.

The Big Event at KU
Saturday, April 14​
Various locations

The eighth annual Big Event connects student, faculty, and staff volunteers to work at hundreds of job sites across Lawrence.

The Chancellor’s Concert: KU Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble I (Kennedy Center Preview)
Wednesday, April 18 —​ 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center

The KU Wind Ensemble joins Jazz Ensemble I for a preview of the world premiere at the Kennedy Center of Kevin Walczyk’s epic "Symphony #5 - Freedom from Fear: Images from the Shoreline."

Chancellor's Inaugural Research Symposium
Thursday, April 19 — 9-11 a.m.
Regnier Hall, Edwards Campus

Join Chancellor Girod and Kansas City business leaders for TED Talk-style presentations from four of KU's top translational scientists and a KU alumnus who worked as one of the top administrators for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Installation Ceremony for Chancellor Douglas A.Girod
Friday, April 20 —​ 2 p.m.
Lied Center

Chancellor Girod will be installed as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas. The ceremony culminates with Chancellor Girod’s inaugural address in which he will discuss his vision, goals and priorities for the university. Tickets are required to attend the event. The online ticket request period closed March 27, and remaining tickets will be available the day of the event at the Lied Center.Members of the news media should RSVP by noon on April 19 for reserved space at the ceremony. The ceremony can be viewed here.

University Scholarly Achievement Awards
Monday, April 23 — 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The Commons at Spooner Hall

Each year, the university recognizes a small group of mid-career faculty members as recipients of a University Scholarly Achievement Award. This $10,000 award recognizes a significant scholarly or research contribution or creative work.


Earth, Energy & Environment Center (EEEC) Dedication
Wednesday, April 25 —​ 10 a.m.
Courtyard between Ritchie Hall and Slawson Hall

Join us as we dedicate the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center, a multidisciplinary facility that will bring together students and researchers from geology and engineering doing energy and environment research.

Center for Service Learning – Service Celebration
Thursday, April 26 —​ 3:30-4:30p.m.
Burge Union

The Service Celebration honors community organizations whose efforts are vital to service efforts at KU and recognizes outstanding service at KU and in Lawrence. Formal remarks to begin at 4 p.m.

The Burge Union Grand Reopening
Friday, April 27 —​ 2:30-5 p.m.
Burge Union

Enjoy music and food while celebrating the new Burge Union, which offers meeting and event space, a 1,500-guest forum, and plenty of open spaces with modern functionality.

Rock Chalk Ball
Saturday, April 28 —​ 5 p.m.
Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City Jayhawks will celebrate their alma mater’s past, present and future at the 23rd annual Rock Chalk Ball. This year’s theme is Crimson and Blue: Forever KU. Tickets are required.

KU Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble I: World Premiere of Freedom from Fear
Sunday, April 29 —​ 3 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. 

The School of Music presents Dan Gailey’s Palos Nuevos, an original jazz Flamenco composition for jazz ensemble, and the world premiere of Kevin Walczyk’s "Symphony #5 - Freedom from Fear: Images from the Shoreline."​ Tickets are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office.

Alumni Association

Check out Kansas Alumni magazine's 2013 feature on Dr. Girod when he was named Executive Vice Chancellor for the medical center, and the magazine's 2017 feature when he was named Chancellor.


Share your congratulations and best wishes with Chancellor Girod on Twitter using the hashtag "#KUinauguration."

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Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

"I am honored to lead this remarkable institution. The work we do changes lives and improves our world in meaningful ways. I look forward to collaborating with you to continue this work on behalf of the society we serve."

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