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Formally installing the 10th president of Spelman College

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA, 30313

The inauguration of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell celebrates the enduring spirit and mission of Spelman's founding principles.

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Inauguration Theme

Equality is the theme of the inauguration. Equality honors the legacy left by Harriet E. Giles and Sophia B. Packard, two women – abolitionists, teachers and Baptist missionaries – who came to Atlanta from Massachusetts 135 years ago and, in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church, started a school for recently freed Black women. Their school began with 10 women and one girl.

As the number of aspiring students grew, and as patrons from Atlanta and beyond joined an ever expanding circle of supporters, the school that started in a damp, dark basement became Spelman College, an institution synonymous with excellence.

Spelman, named after the family of the wife of John D. Rockefeller, the College's first major benefactor, produces leaders. Our women excel in every field imaginable, from Broadway producer to Fortune 500 CEO, from mayor of an American city to award-winning playwright, from college president to cancer researcher. Spelman women are in the habit of shattering glass ceilings and paving the way for generations to come.

blue-quote-left Spelman College is more than an educational institution;
to reach an ideal of equality, Spelman is a necessity. blue-quote-right

– Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell