The ceremony will cap a week of inaugural events at the College.
Fr. Denning began his tenure as president of Stonehill on July 1. He previously served as the College’s vice president for student affairs. In addition to Fr. Denning’s inaugural address, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., will be among the speakers at the ceremony.
The week-long inauguration celebration kicked off on Saturday, when the Stonehill football team beat St. Anselm College under the lights at W.B. Mason Stadium, retaining possession of the Ol’ Bronze Hawk Trophy, which they have held since its inception in 2006. There was a campus carnival in the MacPhaidin Library prior to the game, as well as a campus barbecue next to the football stadium. On Sunday, Fr. Denning presided at the Mass honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
There will be an academic symposium at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 17) in the Martin Institute, featuring R. Scott Appleby, the John M. Regan Jr. director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peace building.
Fr. Denning will be among those serving students, faculty and staff at a fruit and yogurt bar from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 18) at a social in the Roche Dining Commons.
Fr. Denning’s inauguration Mass will be at 5 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 19)in front of MacPhaidin Library (in the event of inclement weather the Mass will be held in the Pettit Atrium of the Shields Science Center). Bishop George W. Coleman, S.T.L., of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., will president.