Southwestern community members, alumni, students, and friends who would like to attend President Trombley’s Inauguration can register by completing this online form. This registration also includes the opportunity to register for the Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture, the President’s Appreciation Celebration (by invitation only), and Southwestern’s Homecoming festivities taking place during the weekend of October 15–17, 2021.

If you are unable to attend President Trombley’s Inauguration in person, we invite you to watch the live stream of the event online. The link for the online program will be posted on this website in early October. No registration will be necessary for the online viewing.

Faculty Information

All members of the faculty will be invited to participate in the Inauguration Ceremony academic procession. The academic procession will include faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends. Faculty should complete this form to indicate their participation in the academic procession by October 1, 2021. Questions regarding faculty participation may be directed to Julie Cowley at Please note: The Inauguration Ceremony will take place outdoors on the Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall.

Academic Delegates

As we learned from our experiences of the coronavirus pandemic this past year, Southwestern is innovating its academic delegate outreach in a new direction. Rather than inviting institutions to send a representative to President Trombley’s Inauguration Ceremony, we have requested letters with words of encouragement, support, and guidance in celebration of her official installation as Southwestern’s leader. Excerpts of these letters of other leaders in academia will be included in a video designed for the installation ceremony.


Please contact Megan Frisque, associate vice president for alumni and parent relations, at or 512-863-1584, with any questions.

Event Guide

Presidential Inauguration

The Inauguration of Laura Skandera Trombley as the 16th President of Southwestern University