The inauguration of the University of Denver’s 18th chancellor on Sept. 18, 2015, was a celebration of the impact of higher education in Colorado and an exploration of its future. Leaders in Colorado higher education and government joined the chancellor and the University community to recognize both what postsecondary education has accomplished and the challenges it faces.

Chancellor Chopp introduces DU IMPACT 2025

In her inauguration address, Rebecca Chopp introduced the newly released draft of the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. The plan will guide the University’s direction in the next 10 years and beyond.

The University is asking everyone in the community to read the draft plan and provide their feedback. This feedback will be incorporated into the final strategic plan, which will be released in January 2016.

In the words of Chancellor Chopp, “There is a thrilling and deeply fulfilling future ahead of us, if we only create it.”

Panel discussions

Two discussion panel sessions, moderated by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, covered the challenges and benefits of higher education in the state.

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Photos will be updated throughout the day courtesy of photographer Wayne Armstrong.

Schedule of Events

7:30 a.m. An American Indian Opening Ceremony
By Dr. George “Tink” Tinker of the Osage (Waz-haz-he) Nation
Location: Green space east of the Schwayder Art Building

8:30 – 10 a.m. Breakfast Panel: The Importance to Colorado of Increasing Access to Higher Education
Location: Gates Field House, Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness
Moderator: Michael B. Hancock, mayor of Denver

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Panel: How Research Institutions Affect Colorado’s Development
Location: Gates Field House, Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness
Moderator: John W. Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado

1:45 p.m. Procession Across Campus to the Installation Ceremony Site
Starting location: Mary Reed Building

2:30 – 4 p.m. Installation Ceremony
Location: Magness Arena, Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness
Rebecca S. Chopp will be installed as the 18th chancellor of the University of Denver.

4:30 p.m. Community Reception
Location: Campus Green
All members of the campus community are welcome.

Speakers & Panelists