Thursday, October 28

Installation of President Allen to be on October 20th 2017

For Release:  Immediately
Date:  October 6, 2017
Media Advisory
  Contact: Maureen O. Stokes
Office: 484-365-7250
Mobile: 484-667-1315

Event: The installation of Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D., as the 14th president of Lincoln University will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Delegates from U.S. universities will join LU faculty, trustees and members of the University community in procession at this formal academic ceremony. In addition to President Allen’s inaugural address, the event will include remarks by guest speaker Donald Reaves, Ph.D., a retired higher education professional of more than 35 years that began in the classroom and concluded after serving as Chancellor of Winston Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a position that he held for almost eight years.

Prior to the ceremony, guests are invited to a brunch in the Student Union Building. Delegates and those in the platform party will begin robing up in the Student Union Building at approximately 1 p.m. We can assist with photo opportunities in and around the Student Union Building during the brunch and robing.

The procession will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Student Union Building and proceed through campus to the Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center Lawn.

President Allen will be available for brief one-on-one interviews. Only prescheduled interviews will be accommodated.

The Inauguration ceremony will culminate a week-long celebration, with activities ranging from student, faculty and staff events to a legacy ceremony.

Other Information:

  • A camera platform with audio press box will be located toward the back of the event area, behind general seating.
  • Photographers are permitted only on the outside aisles of the lawn seating. Photographers are not allowed in the center aisle or on the stage.
  • Limited media truck parking is available. Please contact us to make arrangements.
  • If media would like to view the ceremony online, streaming video will be available at
  • The event also will be simulcast to these locations on campus: Ware Center Theater, International Cultural Center auditorium, Student Union Building Theater, and Grim Hall auditorium.

For more information about President Allen or the Inauguration events, including a campus map, visit: and

When and Where: Credentialed reporters and cameras must arrive at the welcome tent outside the Student Union Building no later than 1 p.m. to receive press credentials and press packet.

All events are Friday, October 20 at Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352

  • Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Student Union Building.
  • Installation Ceremony: 2 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center Lawn.
  • Reception: Following the Installation Ceremony, outdoors, on the Alumni House Lawn.

Media Registration: To receive credentials and access to events, all media must register in advance with the Office of Communications & Public Relations by emailing Maureen Stokes.


Founded in 1854, Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world-class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy; Langston Hughes, the noted poet; Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST president of Ghana; Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST president of Nigeria and a myriad of others.
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