Story and photo courtesy of Union College Office of Communications
Barbourville, Ky. – Almost a year after being named as Union College’s 19th president, Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., will be officially sworn in during a ceremony later this month.
Inauguration day is set for Friday, April 26. To start the day, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. led by Bishop Lindsey Davis in Conway Boatman Chapel at Union College. The induction ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Robsion Arena with a reception to follow. The day’s festivities will end with the “Bulldog Ball—A Black Tie Event,” that evening.
Several distinguished guests are scheduled to be on campus that day and will both process and offer greetings as part of the ceremony. Those guests include the Reverend Dr. G. Lindsey Davis, Resident Bishop; Colmon Elridge III, Executive Assistant to the Governor; Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities; Gerald D. Lord, Ph.D., Associate General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; David Thompson, the Mayor of Barbourville; J.M. Hall, Knox County Judge-Executive; Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Congressman; and Kentucky Senate President, Robert Stivers.
Also processing are a number of delegates, Union College’s international students, alumni representatives, descendants of founders and student representatives from local elementary, middle and high schools.
Hawkins, who assumed presidential duties on July 1 of last year, came to Union from Fort Worth, Texas. She is the first female president in the history of Union College. Prior to Union, Hawkins served as associate director for advancement with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, as president of the Texas Independent College Foundation and in various leadership roles at Texas Wesleyan University.
The theme for Hawkins’ inauguration is Luceat lux nostra, Latin for “Let our light shine.” The theme highlights four pillars identified to emphasize Union College’s mission and identity. Those four pillars are the liberal arts, Methodism, service and Appalachia.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Those unable to attend are invited to watch the ceremony as it streams live on Union’s website: unionky.edu. To join or follow the conversation live, use #UnionPres19. For more information, contact the Union College Office of Communications at 606-546-1610.
Union College is a four-year liberal arts institution related to The United Methodist Church.