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Presidential Inauguration

DATE: Friday, November 3, 2017

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Leslie Phillips Theater

Photo of President Christina Royal

Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter in its history with the inauguration of Christina Royal, Ph.D, as its fourth president. The inauguration of any president is a momentous occasion, but the inauguration of the college's first female president is of particular significance. As an instituition dedicated to equality, inclusion and excellence, President Royal's leadership serves as an affirmation of our values. In an increasingly divided world, the college's role in educating citizens is more critical than ever. President Royal's intellect, vision and passion will serve HCC well as we evolve to meet the needs of our community.

The inauguration will take place on November 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater, Fine & Performing Arts Building. Please see the schedule below.

Inauguration Day Schedule

8:30 a.m.   Continental breakfast in the lobby of the Fine & Performing Arts Building

10:00 a.m. Inauguration in the Leslie Phillips Theater

Processional HCC faculty and distinguished guests
Welcome Monica H. Perez, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Salutations Robert Gilbert, Chair, HCC Board of Trustees
Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education
Alex Morse, Mayor of the City of Holyoke
Aaron Vega, Massachusetts State Representative
Gillian McKnight-Tutein, Ed.D.
Faculty speaker TBA
Student speaker TBA
Presentation of the Medallion      Robert Gilbert, Chair, HCC Board of Trustees
Address President Royal
Closing remarks Monica H. Perez, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Recessional HCC faculty and distinguished guests
Celebrate! Join us in the lobby of the Fine & Performing Arts Building

Planning to attend? Please let us know! RSVP here for the inauguration.

In honor of President Royal's inauguration, we have established a Student Emergency Fund. The Fund will provide support for students who are facing unforeseen financial challenges; such challenges impact many of our students' ability to persist in their enrollment and may derail plans to graduate, seek entry or advancement in a career, or transfer to a four-year postsecondary institution. The Student Emergency Fund will be established within the Holyoke Community College Foundation, Inc.

If you would like to support the inauguration and the establishment of the Student Emergency Fund, please click here and select "Inauguration/Student Emergency Fund" from the dropdown menu, or contact the HCC Foundation office at 413.552.2182 or

congratulatory message

If you would like to submit a short congratulatory message for President Royal, please fill out the form below. Messages will be posted, archived, and printed in a memory book for President Royal after the Inaugural events.