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Uncommon inauguration in works

The Inaugural Committee is pleased to announce plans for the inauguration of Susan Hockfield as MIT's 16th president this spring. The inaugural ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in Killian Court, immediately followed by a community reception. The ceremony will include greetings, Hockfield's inaugural address and music composed for the occasion by MIT Music and Theater Arts faculty members.

The theme of the inaugural festivities is "Uncommon | In common -- A Celebration of MIT," a reference to the exceptional aspects of MIT's culture. Uncommon but in common are the things MIT people share. The Inaugural Committee has planned a variety of events to celebrate, beginning with the opening on Monday evening of "White Noise/White Light," an interactive exhibit created by MIT Professor Meejin Yoon and Matthew Reynolds '98 for the 2004 Athens Olympics.  This exhibit will be open each evening on Kresge Oval through Saturday, May 7.  The MIT Symphony Orchestra will perform Ades, Asyla and Mahler's Symphony No. 6 on Thursday, May 5.  On Saturday evening, the MIT Concert Choir will perform at 8 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.  Festivities will culminate with an Uncommon Community Block Party on Saturday, May 7, that will include the closing of "White Noise/White Light."

For more information, visit the inaugural web site at

The Inaugural Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the procession assembly and the ceremony; members of the community can sign up via the website. Direct questions to Gayle Gallagher at

The Inaugural Committee invites all of the MIT community to celebrate In common!

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 30, 2005 (download PDF).

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