Loftin Induction ceremony preview

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COLUMBIA - Thursday marks a day that has not been seen or experienced at MU for 10 years, a day rich with tradition, pomp and circumstance.

At 3:00 p.m. in the Missouri Theater, R. Bowen Loftin will officially be installed as the 22nd chief executive officer at the University of Missouri.

This unique day in MU history starts with a private luncheon to honor the many visiting delegates that come from schools across the country to take part in these ceremonies.

This myriad of delegates includes those from fellow SEC school, the University of Georgia, as well as Loftin's former home, Texas A&M University. 

Following the luncheon, the delegates will begin their processional to the installation ceremony at 3:00 p.m., making their way from the Reynolds Alumni Center on to the Missouri Theater.

This procession highlights many installation ceremony-day traditions. The delegates from other universities will be dressed in full academic regalia representing their specific schools.

During the ceremony, the traditions continue. MU graduate Nollie G. Moore will sing MU's alma mater, "Old Missouri," and Chancellor Loftin will also join in on the traditions. Loftin plans to wear the Jefferson medallion, an action that dates back to the Middle Ages.

A new academic ceremonial mace, a staff made of wood, metal and gems, will be unveiled in honor of MU's 175th anniversary. The mace represents the student body putting authority in its chancellor.

Immediately following the installation, festivities will conclude with a reception in the Memorial Student Union.

For those wishing to attend, parking is available in the Research Commons lot at the intersection of S. Providence Road and Mick Deaver Memorial Drive. Shuttles will run between the lot and Reynolds Alumni Center, Missouri Theater, and Memorial Union from 12:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.