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Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 22

The Big Event

A day of service that gives Southwestern University students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to spend a day volunteering with local nonprofits and Georgetown community partners. Additional information can be found on The BIG Event website.

Monday, March 24

8:00 a.m. Symbol and Ritual: Southwestern University Presidential Inaugurations

Since 1872, Southwestern has since welcomed 14 new presidents with ritual, symbol, music and speeches. Visit the library foyer to view photographs and stories of past presidents and their inaugurations. Visitors will also be able to access additional digital information via QR codes. Display available for viewing March 17 - April 1.
Foyer, A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center

11:30 a.m. Soap Bubble Geometry Contest (Pizza at 11 a.m.)

For middle school students, parents and teachers
Frank Morgan, Atwell Professor of Mathematics at Williams College will present this unique and entertaining math exercise.
Room 105, F.W. Olin Building

1 p.m. Senior Art Exhibit Opening (ongoing through Sunday, March 30)

The exhibition consists of work by Southwestern seniors Anne Bannister and Orlando Tigerina, who are candidates for a Bachelor of Fine Arts and/or a Bachelor of Arts. A reception follows the Senior Art Exhibit Opening in Wood Avante Foyer beginning at 4:30 p.m
Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery, The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center

4 p.m. Paideia Connections: Engaging Scholarly Conversations

Southwestern faculty scholars will deliver a 20-minute general-audience address on their recent scholarly work. Following the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to share connections they discovered between the two presentations. 

  • Alison Kafer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies: “Edgework: Disability in Relation”
  • Maria Todd, Associate Professor of Biology: “Breaking the Ties That Bind: The Role of Tight Junction Deregulation in Breast Cancer Metastasis”

Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater, The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center

Reception following presentation

Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Foyer, The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center 

10 p.m. Fireside Chat

An opportunity for members of the campus community to share their personal journeys.
Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Bishops Memorial Lounge, Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center

Tuesday, March 25

4 p.m. Presidential Installation Ceremony for Dr. Edward B. Burger

Address by President Burger: “Our Paideia Moment”
Doors open for seating at 3 p.m.
Corbin J. Robertson Center

5:15-7:15 p.m. Pirate Party on the Main Lawn

Live music by the SU Jazz Band; local food truck fare available for purchase:

  • ALC Steaks
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes
  • Pompeii
  • Totally Shredded
  • Coolhaus Ice Cream

The Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall

7:30 p.m. Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture: “Let Yourself Be Changed”

Scott Simon - Journalist and Host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR

  • Doors open for ticket pick-up at 6:15 p.m.
  • Doors open for seating at 7 p.m.
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to pick-up reserved tickets March 17-19 from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. in the Schrum Alumni Center, 2nd Floor, Roy and Lillie Cullen Building
  • All other guests can pick up reserved tickets in the Robertson Center Lobby the evening of the lecture.

Corbin J. Robertson Center

Donor Reception following lecture (by invitation only)

Members of the President’s Council and 1840 Society
McCombs Ballroom, Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center

Wednesday, March 26

Southwestern Celebration & Dinner

$100/person - Don your Texas-style attire for a boot-scootin’ good time with President Burger. Music by The Eric Hanke Band. Sponsored by Sodexo. Seating is limited.

  • 6 p.m. Reception
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Music
  • Complimentary Valet

Gabriel Springs, 5299 West Highway 29 Georgetown, TX

7:30 p.m. “Gypsy” Opening Performance (ongoing through Sunday, March 30)

Recognized by many critics as the greatest American musical of all time. The original production received eight Tony Award® nominations. Tickets can be purchased at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts box office.
Alma Thomas Theater, The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center


11:30 a.m. Inaugural Prayer Service

Lois Perkins Chapel