An idea, A Vision, A Future: Inauguration of President Ángel Cabrera

Posted: April 29, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: May 6, 2013 at 6:47 am

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By Robin Herron

The Inauguration of Dr. Ángel Cabrera as the sixth President of George Mason University

President Ángel Cabrera presents his inaugural address. Photo by Evan Cantwell

From the opening procession, with George Mason University faculty and visiting university presidents and delegates dressed in their academic regalia, to the upbeat musical finale led by Doc Nix and the Green Machine, the inauguration of George Mason’s sixth president, Ángel Cabrera, was something to talk about.

The program began with Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash offering her congratulations to the president and the university. Board of Visitors Rector C. Daniel Clemente spoke and formally invested the president. John T. “Til” Hazel, representing Mason’s “founding fathers,” remembered the university’s beginnings and noted the changes in the university and education today. He was followed by Internet pioneer and CEO of Revolution Steve Case, who commented how impressed he was with the university and its new president.

The Mason idea was introduced in a series of videos followed by remarks from June Tangney, former chair of the Faculty Senate; Joey Carls, chair of the Staff Senate; Rodney Turner, president of the Alumni Association; and students Alex Williams, Student Government president, and Steven Harris-Scott, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

On video, Sha’air Hawkins, BA ’13, performed a spoken-word piece about the Mason idea, which was written by Doc Nix, then appeared in person to deliver the ending. Cabrera, having shed his regalia, joined her onstage for a hug and a handshake before delivering his own speech.

Other music was provided by Mason’s student choruses and bands, conducted by Dennis Layendecker, director of the School of Music. Rick Davis, executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, was the announcer for the program.

See below and click here for more photos of the inauguration.

(L to R) Board of Visitors Rector C. Daniel Clemente, President Ángel Cabrera, Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, and Chair and CEO of Revolution Steve Case attend the Installation Ceremony of the Inauguration of çngel Cabrera at the Patriot Center. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

From left, Board of Visitors Rector C. Daniel Clemente, President Ángel Cabrera, Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, and CEO of Revolution Steve Case at the inauguration. Photo by Craig Bisacre

Board of Visitors Rector C. Daniel Clemente presents President Ángel  Cabrera with the Presidential Medallion at the Installation Ceremony during the Inauguration of çngel Cabrera at the Patriot Center. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Board of Visitors Rector C. Daniel Clemente presents President Ángel Cabrera with the Presidential Medallion during the inauguration ceremony at the Patriot Center on April 26. University Marshal Toni-Michelle Travis is at left. Photo by Alexis Glenn

John T. "Til" Hazel (2nd L) speaks, as (L to R) Milt Peterson, John Toups, and Sidney O. Dewberry listen at the Installation Ceremony of the Inauguration of çngel Cabrera at the Patriot Center. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason’s “founding fathers” from left: Milt Peterson, John T. “Til” Hazel, John Toups and Sidney O. Dewberry. Photo by Craig Bisacre

Sha'air Hawkins, BA '13, performs spoken word on stage. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George

Sha’air Hawkins, BA ’13, performs spoken word on stage. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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