The inauguration of a new university president is a solemn affair, steeped in traditions, some dating to the Middle Ages. But organizers of Ronald Zaccari's inauguration as the new president of Valdosta State University also want it to be a celebration of VSU's current strengths and future.

Activities started Monday with a reception for a new art exhibit that includes some of Zaccari's work as a sculptor and end Friday at 3 p.m. with the actual inauguration ceremony.

University officials invite students, staff, alumni and others to celebrate the inauguration with live artistic performances at 7:30 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Amphitheater and with a festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn in front of West Hall.

Friday's inauguration in the Physical Education Complex will be followed by a reception in the Student Recreation Center.

Nearly two-thirds of the costs for the inauguration are coming from donations and private funds.

We urge everyone in the greater Valdosta area to join in the celebration of VSU's seventh president.



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