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Inauguration Week Events

A weeklong series of events will support the President’s Inauguration celebration.


The Inauguration is so much more than just the formal installation of Janine Davidson, Ph.D., as president of MSU Denver; it is a weeklong series of events that allows the community to celebrate the successes of the University and look forward to the future together.  

Tuesday, Sept. 4


September 4Lunch panel: 
Developing a talented and diverse local workforce

Can’t find enough highly-trained local employees? Forced to spend extra funds recruiting out-of-state talent? You’re not alone. Join business leaders from
some of the state’s most innovative companies to discuss these evolving challenges and how you can find the talent you need. Get a sneak peek at MSU Denver’s Classroom to Career initiative, which will partner with employers to prepare students for enriching careers through apprenticeships, co-ops and internships, and create a professional pipeline for your industry.

Panelists include: 

Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D.
Vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Kelly Jean Brough
President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Shane Portfolio
Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering, Comcast West Division

Donna Tikkanen-Davis
Vice President, Global Employee Capability with Arrow Electronics

Mark S. Yoss
Production Principal, Lockheed Martin Space

> Panel Live Stream


Tuesday, Sept. 4

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Jordan Student Success Building, Room 420 (CAVEA) on the Auraria Campus

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Lunch Panel >

Lunch panel: Developing a talented and diverse local workforce

September 4Toasting success: 
Beer industry program lab ribbon-cutting and Inauguration beer launch

Join fellow Roadrunners in the Tivoli Student Union for the grand opening of MSU Denver’s newest, world-class brewery labs. Be one of the first to taste a specially brewed Inauguration beer selected by President Janine Davidson and her husband David Kilcullen!

Tuesday, Sept. 4

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tivoli Student Union, Room 145 on the Auraria Campus

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Toasting Success > 




Wednesday, Sept. 5


September 5Breakfast panel: the future of higher education

How should universities adapt and innovate to remain “relevant” in a highly competitive, complex global society? How can higher education be a part of the solution to emerging societal challenges? What is the role of a college education in an ever-shifting political and economic landscape? Join pioneering leaders in the field to discuss these future-focused topics and more. Be sure to bring your best ideas!

Panelists include:

Dan Baer
Executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D.
Chancellor of the University of Denver

Tim Foster
President, Colorado Mesa University

Joe Garcia
President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS)

Dorothy A. Horrell, Ph.D.
Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver

> Panel Live Stream


Wednesday, Sept. 5

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Jordan Student Success Building, Room 420 (CAVEA) on the Auraria Campus

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Breakfast Panel >

Breakfast panel: The future of higher education

September 5

Roadrunner Student BBQ

Free food? Check. Music? Check. A bungee trampoline? That too. Students are invited to jump into the new semester at an inauguration-week barbecue, where they can say goodbye to summer and hello to President Davidson. Sponsored by Student Activities.  

Wednesday, Sept. 5

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tivoli Student Union Quad on the Auraria Campus

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Roadrunner Student BBQ >

Thursday, Sept. 6


September 6Cybersecurity Panel: Securing the future

Equifax. Yahoo. Target. 
No company or person is immune from cybersecurity threats. How can we adapt to meet these ever-evolving challenges? And how can we educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to address skyrocketing workforce needs? Join nationally recognized cybersecurity experts for a discussion of these issues. Plus, learn how MSU Denver is deploying new interdisciplinary degree programs to prepare future security professionals.

Panelists include:

Steve Beaty, P.h.D. Professor of Computer Science, MSU Denver

Jennifer Kurtz
Manufacturer’s Edge

Venkat Reddy
Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Lt. Gen. Robert E Schmidle Jr., USMC ret., Ph.D. (DLS)
University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies at Arizona State University

Brenden Smith
Chief Information Security Officer

> Panel Live Stream

Thursday, Sept. 6

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Jordan Student Success Building, Room 420 (CAVEA) on the Auraria Campus

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Afternoon Cyber Panel >

Cybersecurity panel: Securing the future

September 6Campus Celebration

Kick off fall semester and celebrate President Davidson’s first year at the helm with the entire campus community. Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy food, music and summer sunshine at this casual, outdoor party. 

Thursday, Sept. 6

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

9th Street Park, Auraria Campus • Map

RSVP for Campus Celebration >


Inauguration day

September 7, Friday

September 7Investiture ceremony

Usher in the future of the University with the formal installation of President Davidson. In her keynote address, Davidson will reflect on her first year at the institution and share her long-term vision for its success. Several speakers will welcome Davidson to the Colorado community.

Guest speakers: 

Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D.
Chancellor of the University of Denver

Michael B. Hancock
Mayor of Denver

Michelle M. Lucero, Esq.
Trustee, MSU Denver

Gen. Darren W. McDew

John Paul Pogge, Esq.Chair, MSU Denver Board of Trustees

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
Former president, Metropolitan State University of Denver

> Ceremony Live Stream


Friday, Sept. 7

3 p.m.

King Center Concert Hall on the Auraria Campus

855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Investiture Ceremony >


Inauguration investiture ceremony

September 7Open House

Stroll across MSU Denver’s picturesque urban campus, while also getting to know its top academic and athletic programs. Map in hand, you’ll discover the colleges of Business; Letters, Arts and Sciences; and Professional Studies, as well as the School of Education and Athletics. Representatives at each destination will be waiting to welcome you and share stories, highlights and successes from their programs.

Friday, Sept. 7

12 – 2 p.m.

Auraria Campus • Map

RSVP for Open House >


September 7Inauguration Soirée

Toast the inauguration of President Davidson and celebrate the University’s milestone achievements at MSU Denver’s third annual Soirée fundraiser. Enjoy live jazz from music students, drinks and other culinary delights on a gorgeous late-summer evening in the Mile High City. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Classroom to Career Hub initiative.

Friday, Sept. 7

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

7 p.m. – Dinner

Jordan Student Success Building Lawn on the Auraria Campus

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 • Map

RSVP for Inauguration Soirée >

The event will take place in a grass lawn. Business or cocktail attire recommended, appropriate shoes for standing and walking in grass.

Free valet parking is provided, please reference the Map for directions:

From Auraria Parkway, turn south on 7th Street, then left on Walnut Street. Take a right at the first stop sign, onto 8th Street. Take your first left onto the service road, which is before the parking garage entry. The service road is approximately 10 feet before the blue parking kiosks. Do NOT enter the parking garage. The service road sign says “For Deliveries Only.” This road will lead you to the valet station.


Thank you to our Inauguration Soirée sponsors:


First Bank logo Banking for Good

RK Foundation logo

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