The Inauguration of Jeffrey Sean Lehman as the Eleventh President of Cornell University Official Seal of Cornell University
Ithaca, Cornell University Campus, October 16 to 17, 2003
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Lehman in red ceremonial robes and hat, speaking at a lectern
OCTOBER 16 | President Lehman delivers his inaugural address in Barton Hall after the academic procession and a busy morning of inauguration events.


State of the University Address
October 17, 9:00am
President Lehman's first State of the University Address broadcast live on the internet.


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The state of the university 'is wonderful,' Lehman reports
October 17
President Lehman said he is finding the university "even more wonderful than I dared to expect."
Lehman and the Cornell hockey team
President's Inauguration Day ends with an out-of-this-world flourish
Posted: October 17
Ithaca, NY -- Within hours of the installation, Barton Hall was transformed into a cavernous cabaret.
Lehman in ceremonial robes and hat
Lehman invokes a "revolutionary" and "beloved" Cornell in his inaugural address
Posted: October 16
Ithaca, NY -- "Revolutionary Cornell, beloved Cornell." President Lehman repeated the phrase several times as he traced these themes.
Ginsburg in ceremonial robes and hat speaking behind lectern
Justice Ginsburg praises Cornell's long-standing vision of equal education
Posted: October 16
Ithaca, NY -- Ginsburg, who graduated from Cornell in 1954, used the occasion of the inauguration to honor President Lehman.
By way of a tree: Cornell helps display its New York City presence
Posted: October 16
New York, NY -- President Lehman helped plant a young honey locust on Amsterdam Avenue at 86th St. in Manhattan to symbolize the university's ongoing involvement with the city.
Dignitaries and fellow Cornellians welcome Lehman at inaugural breakfast
Posted: October 16
New York, NY -- A busy day of inauguration events began with a healthful breakfast at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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