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Presidential Inauguration of Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.

October 9–12, 2022

This historic moment for Loyola invites us to reflect with gratitude on the past, embrace the excitement of the present, and look ahead to the future with optimism, renewal, and hope. “Aspire not to have more,” St. Oscar Romero said, “but to be more.”

As we come together to mark the beginning of this new chapter, the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Maryland invites all members of our community to celebrate the inauguration of Loyola’s 25th president, Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., and to consider how this moment in time calls us to be more—more as individuals and more together.

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.

His career at Loyola started in 1998. Since then, President Sawyer has served the University in several roles as an administrator, taught as an affiliate faculty member, and led with a heart and mind tied to Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission. Learn more about the experiences that led him to the presidency.

Collage of Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.
Share a Message for President Sawyer!

As we count down to the presidential inauguration, leave a message of congratulations and well wishes for President Terry Sawyer. Photos are also welcome!

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Celebrate Loyola and Our 25th President

Loyola University Maryland will offer a series of events to celebrate and engage the community in mind, body, and spirit from Oct. 9 – 12. Stay tuned for more details.


Sunday, October 9

Faculty Reception

By invitation only

We will open the festivities with a gathering for the Loyola University Maryland faculty to gather and celebrate with Loyola’s 25th president. Loyola’s faculty are distinguished scholars, dedicated teachers, and supportive mentors to our students.

Knott Humanities Center
Monday, October 10

Inaugural Symposium

McGuire Hall, 3 p.m.

Learning is at the heart of our mission as a Jesuit, liberal arts university. In honor of this historic moment for our community, we will invite our faculty, staff, administrators, and students to participate in an academic symposium on the theme, "Enacting Eloquentia Perfecta: Reimagining Academic Discourse and Building Community in the Modern University."

The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D., professor of American studies and history at the University of Notre Dame, where she also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. The keynote address will be followed by a faculty discussion moderated by Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, and featuring Martin Camper, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and director of the Center for the Humanities; Marie Heath, Ed.D., assistant professor of educational technology and faculty associate to the Center for Equity, Leadership, and Social Justice in Education; and John Michel, Ph.D., associate professor of management and Busch Chair.

A light reception will follow.

The Loyola University Maryland seal

Student Celebration

Academic Quadrangle, 8 p.m.

Loyola students will gather on the Academic Quadrangle for a festive evening of music by the Kelly Bell Band, activities, walking tacos and other treats, and a fireworks and laser display as we celebrate our 25th president. A special commemorative giveaway will be available on a first-come, first-served basis!

Students sitting in the grass eating while listening to music
Tuesday, October 11

Mass of Thanksgiving

Reitz Arena, 2 p.m.

In our Catholic, Jesuit tradition, our Loyola family will mark the Inauguration of the 25th president with a special Mass. Together, we will pray for President Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., his family, and our Loyola community at this exciting moment for our University. Archbishop William E. Lori, archbishop of Baltimore, will be the presider for Mass, and the Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., director of mission integration, will be the homilist. Classes will be canceled during the Mass so that all members of our community, of all faiths and beliefs, can participate. Loyola faculty who intend to participate in the Academic Procession are kindly asked to arrive in regalia at McGuire Hall by 1 p.m. Loyola community members who need to rent regalia should reach out to Academic Events by Sept. 2, 2022.

After Mass, join us for fellowship and light desserts on the plaza outside the south entrance of Reitz Arena.

Stained glass windows in the Loyola Alumni Memorial Chapel
Wednesday, October 12

Inaugural Convocation

Reitz Arena, 11 a.m.

Join members of the Loyola community, the Jesuit community, local and state leaders, and higher education leaders from throughout the country as we formally inaugurate Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., as the 25th President of Loyola University Maryland. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., with the Academic Procession.

Members of Loyola’s Board of Trustees, Cabinet, faculty, staff, and administrators, and any guests who are participating in the academic procession are kindly asked to arrive at McGuire Hall in Andrew White Student Center at 9:45 a.m. for robing. Those furnishing their own regalia are reminded to bring their regalia with them.

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D. at commencement

Inaugural Luncheon

Academic Quadrangle,
immediately following the Convocation

Join the Loyola community for a special luncheon on the Academic Quadrangle after the convocation.

All undergraduate and graduate classes will be canceled from 2–4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 for Mass and from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Oct. 12 for Convocation and Lunch.

Luncheon on the quad


Parking will be available in the lot at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. The Cathedral is located one mile north of Loyola's campus at 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21210. From I-695, proceed to exit 25 (Charles Street) and go south on Charles Street approximately four miles. The Cathedral will be on your right after you cross Northern Parkway. Park your car on one of the two lower tiers. Look for a white bus with green lettering and green flashing lights which will transport you to campus. Your shuttle driver will provide you with helpful directions to reach the appropriate location. Please allow an additional 15 minutes for shuttle service to campus.


If you need a place to stay during the Inauguration festivities, we invite you to consider one of the hotels on our Recommended Hotels Near Loyola University Maryland page. You can find hotels that offer a discounted rate on our Campus Travel page.

All undergraduate and graduate classes will be canceled from 2–4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 for Mass and from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Oct. 12 for Convocation and Lunch.

For more information, email or call 410-617-2694

Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact Disability Support Services at 410-617-2062 or (TTD) 410-617-2141 at least 48 hours prior to the event.