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Presidential Inauguration

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Kevin O’Brien, S.J.
29th President of Santa Clara University
Friday, October 11, 2019

“We will do this together, working for a mission greater than ourselves. I stand before you not as one who has received an impressive title or career advancement. Rather, I stand before you as a Jesuit who wants to serve.”

Inauguration Address

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Digital Guestbook


Schedule of Events

“Separating Children & Families of Refugees” Panel
Noon at the de Saisset Museum
Open to all. No registration required.
Watch | Recap



Student Birthday Bash for Fr. Kevin O’Brien
4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Benson lawn
Birthday cake cutting at 4:30 p.m. under the Kenna Trellis
Games, student bands, DJ and more.
Open to all. 

“Dream Career with a Purpose”
Noon, Williman Room, Benson Center
Johana Hernandez, Fashion Designer and Philanthropist
Learn more about Johana
Open to all. No registration required.

Young Alumni Panel: “The Bronco Experience: Living SCU Values in the Real World”
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Williman Room, Benson Center
Open to all. No registration required.
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Prayer Service for Migrants
4 p.m. - 5 p.m., walk begins at Benson and ends at Mission Church
Open to all. No registration required.

Stephen A. Finn Residence Hall Dedication
11:30 a.m., courtyard between Finn Hall and Sobrato Hall
A light lunch will be served following the dedication.

Inaugural Mass
5 p.m., Mission Church
Tickets required (To inquire on availability, email
Reception Immediately Following, Abby Sobrato Mall
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11 a.m. Leavey Center
Open to all. Read the Bag Check Policy.
Reception immediately following, Mission Gardens
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Athletics 5k Fun Run
7:30 a.m. registration
8 a.m. race begins at Bannan Alumni House
Open to all 

Athletics Home Games
Join Bronco Athletics for several home games following the Fun Run.

‘Creating a Community Tapestry: Weaving our Future’
A movable, participatory art piece will be at many of the events so all can assist in its creation.

Clothing Drive for Migrants
Drop-off during Campus Ministry office hours.

Tule boat display at the de Saisset Museum foyer
A recently commissioned artwork by Ohlone native and scholar Linda Yamane.

Display of SCU faculty books including Fr. O’Brien’s book "The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life"
First floor, University Library

‘How Santa Clara has Changed’ Display
Multiple locations throughout the week


Meet the President

RSVP to meet Kevin O’Brien, S.J. at events throughout the country.

Inauguration Committee

The team that planned Inauguration week was a cross-section of campus including representatives from faculty, staff, Jesuits and the student body. View the committee.