Inauguration of David A. Thomas, Ph.D.

February 14 to February 17

12th President of Morehouse College

Schedule of Activities

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Investiture of the Twelfth President of Morehouse College and the Founder’s Day Convocation of the College’s 152nd Year
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inaugural Reception
The Franklin L. Forbes Arena
1 – 3 p.m. 

Friday, February 15, 2019 

Presidential Symposium I
Thematic Focus: “The Morehouse Idea: Opportunities, Complexities, and Challenges for the Global Black Community in the 21st Century”
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mr. Bakari T. Sellers ’05, Moderator
CNN Political Analyst & Former Representative from South Carolina

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice
President and Dean | Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Tony Coles
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Yumanity Therapeutics

Dr. Tsedal Neeley
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Mr. John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Bryant Group Ventures, Inc.
and Operation HOPE, Inc.

Presidential Symposium II
Thematic Focus: “Morehouse: The Global Power of an Idea for 152 Years”
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
2 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin ’75
James T. and Bert R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership | Emory University, Candler School of Theology

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, Harvard University
Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research

Dr. David A. Thomas
12th President, Morehouse College

Founder’s Day Concert
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
8 – 10:30 p.m.
Featuring: Ken Ford, Jazz Violinist
Ticket(s) Required:  https://connect.morehouse.edu/events/

Saturday, February 16, 2019 

Reflections of Excellence
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Honorees:

BENNIE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Steve Pamon ’91
Chief Operating Officer, Parkwood Entertainment

BENNIE TRAILBLAZER AWARD
F. DuBois Bowman ’91
12th Dean, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Tenured Professor of Biostatistics

CANDLE IN BUSINESS AWARD
Ray M. Robinson
Retired President, AT&T Southern Region
Chairman of the Board, Citizen’s Trust Bank

CANDLE IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD
N. Anthony ‘Tony’ Coles, M.D.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Yumanity Therapeutics, LLC
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CANDLE IN LAW AND BUSINESS AWARD
Jeffrey Harleston
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for North America, Universal Music Group 

CANDLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Norm Nixon
Two-time NBA World Champion and NBA All-Star
Accomplished Businessman and Humanitarian

Basketball Game
Morehouse College vs. Paine College
3 p.m.
Forbes Arena

The Inaugural Ball “A Candle in the Dark” Gala
The Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom
"A Candle in the Dark Gala"
7:30 p.m.
Ticket(s) Required: https://connect.morehouse.edu/events/

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Inaugural Worship Service
The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
11 a.m.
The Reverend Dr. D. Darrell Griffin ’87
Senior Pastor
Oakdale Covenant Church | Chicago, IL
Featuring: The Aeolians of Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
Sermon Talkback and Luncheon with Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants and Invited Guests

The Inaugural Morehouse College Glee Club Concert
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
4 p.m.