Commitment Header for Inauguration of Earl F. Martin.

The Inauguration Ceremony

If you will be joining us for the ceremony, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the traditions, history, and symbols of this important ritual in higher education.


Begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.

  • Processional Platform
  • Welcome
  • National Anthem
  • Invocation
  • Introductions
  • Affirmations of Commitment
  • Drake Choir
  • Introducing Marty Martin: Dr. Stephen Freedman
  • Investiture
  • President’s Remarks: Earl F “Marty” Martin
  • The Drake Hymn
  • Benediction
  • Recessional Platform

Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephen Freedman

Dr. Stephen Freedman is provost of Fordham University and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. An experienced teacher, administrator, and scholar, Dr. Freedman’s research focuses on the interaction between humans and their environments from an ecological perspective. He served as academic vice president at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, from 2002 to 2007, where he met and worked with President Martin.