In a ceremony filled with tradition, music, laughter, and optimism, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf was formally invested Friday afternoon as the University of Rochester’s 11th president.
“The University of Rochester was built by the people of Rochester,” said President Mangelsdorf in her inaugural address. “We are not just a University in this community. We are a University of this community.”
The musical centerpiece at the inauguration of President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf on October 4 is a work by one of the contemporary masters of musical storytelling, Jeff Beal ’85E. The Eastman School of Music’s internationally recognized Ying Quartet performed the piece.
For generations, three ritual objects—the University mace, charter, and seal—have been the centerpiece of the presidential inaugural ceremony. Across many decades, these same insignia have invested authority in presidents with wide-ranging leadership styles, each of whom has also shaped their own ceremony—as President Mangelsdorf did with hers on October 4.