Welcoming Dr. Elam

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Occidental College inaugurated its 16th President, Harry J. Elam, Jr. We welcomed all members of the Oxy community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, to join us on campus for this long-awaited celebratory event.

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President Harry Elam, Jr.

President Harry J. Elam, Jr.

President Harry J. Elam, Jr. joined Occidental College in July 2020 under the unique and challenging circumstances of a global pandemic. With his leadership, the College pushed forward and we are excited and honored to officially celebrate his Installation as Oxy’s 16th president. 

Thorne Hall

Schedule of Inauguration Events

President Elam's installation ceremony will mark a new chapter for Occidental College. Join fellow Oxy community members, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, as well as delegates from our nation’s top colleges and universities, as we gather and officially welcome President Elam. 

Occidental College procession

Processional Information

Occidental is proud to invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community leaders and delegates to march in the official Inauguration processional.

Gilman fountain by daylight

Guest Information

Drawing on the cultural and intellectual resources of the global city of Los Angeles, Occidental provides a springboard for putting theory into practice and ideas into action. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus for this special event.

Members of the student orchestra smiling with their instruments

Campus Presentations & Performances

A week full of presentations, discussions and exhibits will feature scholarly, academic and creative work by our students and faculty.

Questions About Inauguration?

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