COLUMBIA - Dignitaries dressed from head to toe in traditional cap and gowns walked through the iconic MU columns to the Missouri Theatre Thursday afternoon.
The procession was part of the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin has been in office since February after former Chancellor Brady Deaton retired in November 2013.
Chancellors from universities across the country and other dignitaries gathered to celebrate MU's newest installment. An official at the event said there were close to 900 people in attendance.
Before the procession started many talked about why Loftin is a good fit for the University of Missouri.
"It's experience. He knows what he's doing. He's been there. He's done that," MU Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton said. "He brings a lot to the university."
"He's a true academic, a true leader, and he has just hit the ground running," University of St. Louis Chancellor Tom George said. "In fact, you don't have to know anything about him. You just simply come on to campus you know Bowen Loftin is here, and he's running things."
Loftin's inauguration is just one of the events happening this week at MU to celebrate the school's 175th anniversary.