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Candice McQueen

Inauguration Schedule

Join us for the Inauguration Celebration in-person or via live stream.

Monday, March 28

All guests are welcome to attend all inaugural activities on Monday.


The symposium, "How to Be A Light in Today's World," consists of several events, lectures and panel discussions on how to elevate our faith in our diverse areas of service and work. Topics will explore "being a light" in business, healthcare, entertainment, education and the public square. 

Campus Showcase

Many of Lipscomb's standout colleges, schools and programs highlight their facilities and stories in the Campus Showcase. Happening concurrently, guests can visit Campus Showcase locations for brief presentations and demonstrations, as well as an opportunity to talk to faculty and students. A Campus Showcase Guidebook is available at Inauguration Guests Services during registration.  

  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. various locations across campus (repeats on Tuesday from 12:30-2 p.m.)

Inauguration Block Party

A festive atmosphere, celebrating the incredible Lipscomb University and Academy community. Food and activities accentuate fellowship, as the Lipscomb faculty, staff, students, alumni, Nashville community, local neighbors and friends gather together.

  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Allen Arena Mall

Worship and Prayer on the Steps of Collins

A special time for our community to gather in Bison Square and on the steps of Collins to worship and pray for President McQueen and her family.

  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Bison Square and the Steps of Collins Alumni Auditorium

Special Event: Lipscomb Past, Present, Future

A very special Tokens Show will feature the vision of David Lipscomb and James A. Harding, still strong and compelling more than 130 years after they first dreamed of educating students with both academic teachings and opportunities for spiritual growth. The Tokens Show, a highly entertaining Nashville-based variety show that began on the Lipscomb campus more than a decade ago, is hosted by Lee Camp. A variety of artists and others will be featured, including Matt Maher, Nichole Nordeman, Melinda Dolittle, Odessa Settles and Settles Connection and the Lipscomb Academy Chorus.

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tokens Show, "In A Different Light: Lipscomb Past, Present, Future" Collins Alumni Auditorium

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Tuesday, March 29

Prayer Breakfast

An appropriate beginning to an important day. Guests from all faith backgrounds and the diversity within our community will join Dr. Candice McQueen, trustees, university leadership, ministers and others from the community to bring Lipscomb before the Lord in prayer.

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. by invitation

Inauguration Ceremony

The formal installation ceremony of Lipscomb's 18th president, Dr. Candice McQueen. An inspiring and memorable experience in Allen Arena. Open to all guests, the ceremony will include delegates from universities, organizations, members of the board of trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Nashville community.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. all guests are welcome

Inauguration Luncheon and Campus Showcase

Following the formal ceremony, all guests are invited to attend a luncheon. The luncheon will be located in various places around campus. Concurrently, the Campus Showcase will take place and food will be available near the showcase locations.

  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. all guests are welcome
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Campus Showcase - various locations across campus

Inauguration Celebration

An evening dinner and program. Special guests join university leadership and trustees for a celebration of the inauguration and the vision for Lipscomb's future.

  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. by invitation

Wednesday, March 30

Mustang Alumni Awards Luncheon

Lipscomb Academy leadership, trustees and guests recognize this year's alumni honorees at a special luncheon.

  • 12:00 p.m. by invitation

Other Special Events: TBD