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Spelman College Celebrates the Inauguration of 10th President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell Share a Spelman College Press Release

Spelman College

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Audrey Arthur
(404) 270-5892
Twitter: @spelmanmedia

Actress/Producer Alfre Woodard and President/CEO Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Hala Moddelmog are Guest Speakers

ATLANTA (April 4, 2016)
-- Spelman College will celebrate the inauguration of its 10th president, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, with a series of events slated from April 7-10, 2016. The investiture ceremony will be held Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. Dr. Campbell will be installed by the following Board of Trustees members: Sam’s Club President/CEO Rosalind Brewer, C’84, and Stryker Corporation Director Ronda Stryker.

Actress/producer Alfre Woodard, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Hala Moddelmog, Morehouse College President Dr. John Wilson, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski are among the distinguished guests who will bring greetings and remarks.

Dr. Campbell’s investiture address will focus on the inauguration theme of equality.

The following is a list of the inaugural events:

•  Founders Day Convocation (will be streamed live on
•  Campus Celebration
•  Faculty Symposium - "Equality: Black Women Mapping The City"
•  A Spike Lee Retrospective: WAKE UP. WAKE UP. UP YOU WAKE.*
•  Investiture Ceremony
•  Arts Celebration* (promo code: GASPEL)
•  Interfaith Service

*Ticketed events

Inauguration events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Spike Lee Retrospective, which is open to Spelman students, alumnae, faculty, and staff only.

Ticket Reservation
A limited number of tickets are available for the Arts Celebration. An online RSVP is requested for events.

Link for a complete schedule of events, to RSVP and reserve tickets.

Featured guests and speakers include - Founders Day Convocation: Lovette Twyman Russell, C’83, member, Spelman College Board of Trustees; A Spike Lee Retrospective: WAKE UP. WAKE UP. UP YOU WAKE: Spike Lee, film director, producer, writer and actor; Faculty Symposium: Shirley Franklin, visiting professor, University of Texas, and former mayor, City of Atlanta; Investiture: Alfre Woodard, actress/producer and member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities; Dr. John Wilson, president, Morehouse College; Hala Moddelmog, President/CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Arts Celebration: Shaun Robinson, C’84, TV host, author and producer; LaTanya Richardson Jackson, C’74, actress/producer; Pearl Cleage, C’71, playwright, poet and novelist; and Interfaith Service: Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III, senior pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, and president, State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

April 7-10, 2016

Founders Day Convocation
Thursday, April 7, 2016
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Spelman College, Sisters Chapel
350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, GA
Recognizing the founding purpose of Spelman College through a presidential lens

Campus Celebration

Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Spelman College, Campus Oval
Celebrating the College’s birthday with a festival of student activities

Faculty Symposium
Friday, April 8, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Spelman College, The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center
Sharing the stories of women mapping the city and building spaces for equality

A Spike Lee Retrospective: WAKE UP. WAKE UP. UP YOU WAKE.
*This is a ticketed event.*
Friday, April 8, 2016
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Spelman College, Sisters Chapel
Celebrating equality through the eyes of a Spelman son

Investiture Ceremony
Saturday, April 9, 2016
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW, Atlanta
Formally installing the 10th president of Spelman College

Arts Celebration
*This is a ticketed event.*
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall
1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
Celebrating the expression of equality through the arts

Interfaith Service
Sunday, April 10, 2016
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Spelman College, Sisters Chapel
Recognizing the importance of faith in the struggle for equality

Media interested in attending inauguration events should email Audrey Arthur,, to request credentials.



For more information about the inauguration of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, visit

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent.  Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson.  For more information, visit


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