New SMCM President will be Inaugurated March 26

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (March 15, 2011) — St. Mary’s College of Maryland will officially herald the inauguration of Joseph R. Urgo as president on Saturday, March 26 at 3:30 pm. The inauguration takes place after the Maryland Day ceremony at Historic St. Mary’s City. Inaugural events will include an academic symposium on Friday and entertainment provided by student groups on both nights.

Dr. Urgo began his service as president on July 1, 2010, succeeding Jane Margaret O’Brien. He and wife Lesley transitioned from Hamilton College in upstate New York, where he was the Chief Academic Officer.

Events are free and open to the public. Scheduled events include:

(3/25) Friday’s Events: (Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall)

— 3 pm: Sustainability-Living Responsibly
— 4:30 pm: Access and Inclusion- Threats and Possibilities
— 8 pm: Keynote Address: Liberal Arts- A Public Trust (Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, U.S. Dept. of Education)
— 10 pm: Student Poetry and Singing

(3/26) Saturday’s Events:

— 10 am: Ribbon-Cutting for St. Mary’s Arboretum Association (Garden of Remembrance)
— 1 pm: Maryland Day Ceremony (Brick Chapel in Historic St. Mary’s City)
— 3:30 pm: Inauguration of President Urgo (Townhouse Green, followed by a reception at Goodpaster Quadrangle)
— 8 pm: Student Variety Show “InURGOration” (Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall)

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