Inauguration of President Darrin S. Good

Nebraska Wesleyan University inaugurates Darrin S. Good as its 17th president on October 4, 2019. President Good began his tenure on July 1, 2019, bringing to NWU his values-based leadership style, an enduring advocacy for the liberal arts and an extraordinary level of energy and enthusiasm. Good is known for his commitment to consensus-building, shared governance, diversity, equity and inclusion. His student-centered approach and personal values have already emerged in his brief time on campus as he’s laid the foundation for positive relationships with members of the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to join us for these celebratory events, held in concert with homecoming weekend.

Inauguration Events – Friday, October 4, 2019

Breakfast for delegates, friends and family (by invitation only)

8:30 a.m., Great Hall, Smith-Curtis Classroom and Administration Building

President Good and his wife, Diana, host a breakfast for delegates from other colleges and universities and their guests, family members and other invited guests.

Inauguration ceremony

10:30 a.m., O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for the Fine Arts

The community gathers to celebrate Nebraska Wesleyan University—past, present and future—and install our 17th president. The ceremony includes a procession of delegates from other colleges and universities, faculty members and ceremony participants. Community and campus representatives offer greetings and student ensembles perform musical selections, including an original composition for the inauguration. President Good gives his inaugural address, sharing his perspectives as we celebrate this historic milestone.

The doors of O’Donnell Auditorium open at 9:30 a.m. Delegates and inauguration ceremony participants, including faculty in the academic procession, report to Acklie Hall of Science, northeast entrance, by 9:45 a.m. Classes are canceled for the day.

Celebration on Taylor Commons

Noon to 2:30 p.m., Taylor Commons

Join us immediately following the ceremony to celebrate our university, our communities and the installation of President Good. Enjoy international and cultural street foods and desserts. Musical performances by Nebraska Wesleyan students, local middle and high school students and the community weave throughout the afternoon as we honor and promote an inclusive and global community.

Inauguration Logistics

Getting to Nebraska Wesleyan University

Driving directions to Nebraska Wesleyan

Maps are available to guide you to reserved parking on campus. The GPS address for the inaugural ceremony is Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts, Huntington Ave., Lincoln NE 68504.


Campus map and parking information

Reserved parking is held for college and university delegates and ceremony participants in nearby parking lots. Follow the signs and volunteers. Refer to the campus map for reserved lots: the lot on the west side of Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts (Building 16), the lot across 50th Street from Rogers (south of building M), the lot behind Acklie Hall of Science (Building 9).

Reserved parking is available for community guests on the west side of Olin Hall (Building 2) and in the lot behind Acklie Hall of Science (Building 9).

On-campus transportation

Shuttle services run on a continuous loop from reserved parking lots to inaugural events beginning at 7:45 a.m. Volunteers are at the shuttle stops to assist you.

Hotel accommodations

Make your reservation by September 3 and specify “Nebraska Wesleyan homecoming and inauguration” to receive the discounted rate (limited availability). 

Hotel Address Phone Price
Hampton Inn & Suites 7343 Husker Circle (402) 435-4600 starting at $109

New Victorian Suites

225 N. 50th St. (402) 464-4400 starting at $109-119
Sleep Inn & Suites 2803 Folkways Boulevard (402) 477-0645 starting at $154-164
Quality Inn & Suites 7333 Husker Circle (402) 435-8100 starting at $89-129