Inauguration of Chancellor Blumenthal to take place Friday, June 6

To: UCSC Community

From: Deans Stephen Thorsett and Georges Van Den Abbeele, Chairs, Inaugural Steering Committee

George Blumenthal

We're very pleased to share the news that the inauguration of George Blumenthal as UC Santa Cruz's 10th Chancellor will take place on Friday, June 6, 2008. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. that day on the East Field.

The inauguration, which will be highlighted by the Chancellor Blumenthal's address, will include a traditional academic procession, musical performances, and other elements that will celebrate UCSC. The ceremony will close with a reception open to all attendees. A Steering Committee of faculty, staff, and students is overseeing coordinating the many details that will shape this special event.

It's been obvious to members of our Steering Committee that this Chancellor, with a UCSC affiliation that extends more than 35 years, takes special pride in the accomplishments of our current and former students. In fact, at Chancellor Blumenthal's request, his inauguration has been scheduled to complement the campus's annual Student Achievement Awards ceremony, which will be held on the East Field following the inaugural reception.

It is our hope--and the Chancellor's--that his inauguration will call attention to an event that each year showcases the very impressive work of our students.

A web site ( dedicated to this inauguration already includes information explaining how faculty planning to participate in the traditional academic procession can order regalia. Other information and details will be added to the site as they become known.

We sincerely hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend Chancellor Blumenthal's inauguration. It will be a ceremony that celebrates UCSC's remarkable past and dynamic present, while giving our new Chancellor an opportunity to share his vision for UCSC's future. It will be a moment for all of us to reflect on and to take pride in this campus that we all share.

Thank you.