Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration of Jamshed Bharucha as the
Twelfth President of The Cooper Union

Presidential Inauguration Live Webcast
Tuesday October 18, 2011
12:00 noon


17 October


1:00 PM
Please join the Deans and Faculty of The Cooper Union for a
Pre-Inaugural Colloquium:
Educating Students to Lead in a Global Context

The Great Hall
7th Street and Third Avenue
Cooper Square | New York City

Keynote Speaker:

Fareed Zakaria
Host CNN and CNNi's Fareed Zakaria GPS
Editor-at-Large, Time Magazine
Columnist, Washington Post
and Author

Panelists include:

Atina Grossmann
Professor of History, The Cooper Union

Vali Nasr
Professor of International Politics, Tufts University

Moderated by:
Vikas Kapoor
President and CEO, iQor
Trustee, The Cooper Union


18 October

9:30 AM

Delegate's Breakfast
Alumni Roof Terrace, Eight Floor

11:00 AM

Benjamin Menschel Boardroom, Lower Level

11:30 AM

Procession Line-up
Main Level

12:00 noon
Inauguration Ceremony

The Great Hall at The Cooper Union
Cooper Square | New York City


Shashi Tharoor
Member of Parliament, India

Introduction of the President

Frances Fergusson
President Emeritus
Vassar College

James Wright
President Emeritus
Dartmouth College

Lawrence S. Bacow
President Emeritus
Tufts University

Closing Remarks

Vartan Gregorian
Carnegie Corporation of New York

President Bharucha will join friends, led by violinist Andy Stein, in a performance of selected movements from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Mendelssohn's Octet.

Post-Inaugural Block Party

Immediately Following the Ceremony
Cooper Square and Peter Cooper Park

Featuring tastings courtesy of East Village restaurants.

Performances include Audrey Flack and the Art History String Band and the Hungry March Band.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.