requests the honor of your presence at


as the 17th PRESIDENT of


4 o’clock in the afternoon
Saturday, the Eighteenth of September
Two Thousand Twenty-One
Albion, Michigan


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At Albion College, we are creating with courage to transform ourselves and the world.

The Rock is a place where generations of the Albion College community create change on our campus and our world. Some of our strongest statements and dearest memories were made as we used our voices at the Rock. We are building on this legacy with a bold new vision for our future.

Join us for Inauguration and Festival of the Forks to experience the Community we are Creating with Purpose. Learn about Dr. Johnson’s innovative vision for the future of Albion and see the improvements that have been made on campus and downtown. 

Together, we are investing in our people, infrastructure, and community to make Albion a shining light for the future of liberal arts education.

Create with Us at Inauguration

The Albion community is full of purpose-driven leaders making an impact on our world. Come be a part of our celebrations and share your purpose with other community leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and students. 

Inauguration ceremonies are a tradition at universities and colleges around the world. These events mark the transition between presidents and give campus communities ways to honor their long-standing traditions while welcoming a new chapter of their history.

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Sept. 17

5:30 p.m. – Dedication of the School for Public Purpose (Limited Capacity, Registration Required)

Come learn about the purpose pathway we are designing for students and share how Albion has helped you find your own purpose as we dedicate the School for Public Purpose and Professional Advancement.

*The Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce will host a Car Show on Superior St. from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of the Festival of the Forks

Sept. 18

9 a.m. – Groundbreaking for Washington Gardner

Join us to celebrate the beginning of this important project for our campus and community. All are welcome!

10 a.m.* – Festival of the Forks Parade

This tradition starts at Washington Gardner and continues down Superior St. to the Albion District Library.

11 a.m. – 2.p.m. – Tours of the Ludington Center and Washington Gardner

Tour spaces the Ludington Center and Washington-Gardner during the Festival of the Forks to learn more about how Albion College is creating new pathways for our students and our infrastructure to serve and learn from the Albion community.

11:30 a.m.* – Dedication of the Coca-Cola Mural on Superior St.

12 p.m. – Home Football Game vs. Hanover

Join Briton Football for their home opener vs. Hanover College!

3:45 p.m. Processional begins

The academic processional includes delegates from other institutions of higher education, alumni representatives from each class year, faculty and faculty emeriti, as well as our platform party of honor guests and speakers. Arrive at Inauguration early to get a seat before the procession steps off!

4:00 p.m. – Inauguration Ceremony – all are welcome!

6:30 p.m. – Inauguration Celebration – all are welcome!

Join us on the Quad (611 E. Porter St.) to celebrate this exciting next era in Albion history. We will have food, music (ft. Airtight) and dancing. Donisha Brewer, the Bonner Build Albion Fellows Coordinator will be emceeing.

Registration is requested to help estimate food but is not required for this event.

9 p.m. – Student Drip Ball

Students will take over the celebration at 9 p.m. Students are invited to celebrate Albion Drip and make up for lost proms and formal events from the last few years.

Sept. 20

6:30 p.m. – Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the 2021 Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience for 2021. We join over two dozen colleges and universities that have selected this New York Times bestseller from the U.S.’s leading antiracism scholar for their common reading experience. Dr. Kendi will join us in Goodrich Chapel. The event will also be simulcast to the Bohm Theater.