Tickets available for Gray-Little's inauguration April 11

Tickets to the inauguration ceremony for Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be available to the public starting March 22, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gray-Little will be formally installed as KUís 17th chancellor at 2 p.m. April 11, at the Lied Center of Kansas. Guest speakers will include Gov. Mark Parkinson, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser. The KU chamber choir, wind ensemble and marching band will perform along with the Kansas Brass Quintet and soloist Genaro Mendez, associate professor of voice.

The free tickets must be picked up in person ó limit two per person ó at the Lied Center ticket office, the Student Union Activities office in the Kansas Union and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce office, 734 Vermont St. About 700 tickets to the installation ceremony are available.

Inaugural events start with a symposium on the future of research universities on Friday, April 9, at KUís Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Presenters will include Association of American Universities President Robert Berdahl, University of Iowa President Sally Mason and David Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Two distinguished panels will examine issues and opportunities that affect KU and other national public research institutions.

On Saturday, April 10, KU will focus on service. In honor of the inauguration, KU declared a Semester of Service and invited faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and members of the community to dedicate their volunteer service hours with a goal of contributing 100,000 hours over the semester. So far, Jayhawks have logged nearly 40,000 volunteer hours online at

Related service events on Saturday include:

ó A street fair and health screenings from noon to 2 p.m. at Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, Kan., sponsored by the KU Medical Center. Proceeds will benefit the Turner House Childrenís Clinic in Kansas City, Kan.

ó Organizational and training sessions for the KU Advocacy Corps, a new endeavor to pair 50 community agencies with students and faculty or staff members who will be agency advocates on campus. More details will be announced shortly. The sessions will take place at KUís Burge Union.

The last KU inauguration, a similar three-day celebration, was held 14 years ago to install Robert Hemenway, who stepped down as chancellor in 2009. For more information on previous chancellors and their inaugurations, visit

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