Robert Wick’s October 1966 inauguration is St. Cloud State’s first fully planned presidential inauguration. It spans three days and includes a ceremony, concert, convocation, buffet dinner and ball. The ceremony is in the newly opened Halenbeck Hall. More than 65 colleges and universities send representatives, including Luther College, College of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. The concert features a performance by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Charles Graham’s 1972 inauguration includes a concert, convocation, luncheon and ball, spread over three days. The ceremony, which is held in the auditorium of Stewart Hall, includes representatives from more than 85 college and universities. The new Atwood Memorial Center ballroom hosts the banquet. Doc Severinsen, an internationally known trumpeter and conductor, plays the sold-out concert. A new carillon, Schulmerich Carillon Americana, is played for the first time.
Brendan McDonald’s 1983 inauguration ceremony is broadcast live by KVSC radio. Held in the Stewart Hall auditorium, the ceremony includes representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities. Four past presidents are in attendance: George Budd (1952-1965), Robert Wick (1965-1971), Charles Graham (1971-1981) and Lowell “Ted” Gillett (1981). “The Goodness of Wisdom” and “Fanfare for the New President” are composed for, and performed at, the inauguration.
Roy Saigo’s 2001 inauguration includes representatives from more 30 colleges, universities and organizations, including Winona State University, Oberlin College and Nankai University. An updated president’s medallion is introduced to reflect the new University Seal. The original president’s medallion, introduced at Robert Wick’s 1966 inauguration, is retired to University Archives.