Montclair State University administration invites all students and faculty to attend the traditional Presidential Inauguration to celebrate and recognize President Jonathan Koppell in his freshman year at the institution.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 15 at the Amphitheater, from noon. Students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of events, including an on-campus festival, the official investiture ceremony, and a campus-wide reception after the celebration.
Darielly Suriel, a sophomore in history, explained why she thinks it’s important for students to attend this event.
“I think it’s important for students to attend because he’s the president of our university and we need to know what he has to say and what his values are,” Suriel said. “As for the cancellation of classes, I think every student can agree that a day off is never something we will complain about, but how it messed up our schedule is quite inconvenient. “
Alysia Stephens, a business administration major, said it was important to honor President Koppell on this day.
“I think it’s important [because Koppell] is new to school and I guess it’s just a day to honor him and the officer,” Stephens said. “It’s also a day for us [students] take a break after a full week of classes.
Vielka Rodriguez, a graduate student in finance, shared a different thought and said there was no need to cancel classes to organize this event.
“I believe it is important to celebrate with [Koppell] and congratulate him on his first year with us at [Montclair State] but canceling classes for it, I don’t think it’s worth it,” Rodriguez said.
University spokesman Andrew Mees said the presidential inauguration is an iconic time for the university to celebrate its evolution and embrace its mission.
“It’s a time steeped in tradition celebrating all that makes [Montclair State] special; its evolution from a normal school to a public research university, its commitment to affordable, high-quality education for all, and its dedication to serving the public good,” Mees said.
Mees further explained that the ceremony is a great opportunity for the Montclair State community.
“It’s also an opportunity to look ahead and come together to start an exciting new era,” Mees said. “The investiture will bring together all elements of the campus community to celebrate our shared mission of ensuring student success and belonging while making a difference in the world. Our students are our reason for being and [Koppell] looks forward to celebrating this very special day with them.