On Nov. 2, the inauguration ceremony included delegates from 40 institutions of higher education, 10 Decorah community representatives, two dozen current and former regents, two former Luther presidents, and three former interim presidents.
In her address to those gathered, President Ward stated, “Not having answers and certainty . . . must not mean inaction. At every triumphant moment in Luther College’s history—the successful completion of a new building, a clean audit, a winning season on the field, a Christmas at Luther with standing ovations, the publication of a faculty member’s new book—it was not the answers that represented triumph. It was the practice of rolling up one’s sleeves, questioning, slogging, revising, imagining, hoping, and yes, trembling—to live in the becoming and to embrace the conversation with the unknown.”
The weekend also included a Saturday-night jazz performance that featured President Ward’s mother, Betty Ward, as a guest pianist; a Sunday-morning All Saints Jazz Liturgy; a Luther athletics “We Are Norse!” reception on the football field; a preconcert lecture and performance of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, a multimedia choral orchestral work by Jocelyn Hagen; and a concert by Collegiate Chorale and Decorah Chorale, with instrumentalists from the Luther faculty, students, and community.