Schedule of


  • 4:30 p.m.

    Special Guests Reception

    Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries • By Invitation Only
  • 6:00 p.m.

    Worship Service

    First Baptist Church, Clinton • Open to the Public
  • 10:50 a.m.

    Campus Worship Service

    Provine Chapel • Open to Members of the MC Community
  • 11:45 a.m.

    MC Community Luncheon

    B.C. Rogers Patio • Open to Members of the MC Community
  • 1:00 p.m
    - 4:00 p.m.

    Community Service Projects

    Clinton/Jackson Metro Area • Open to Members of the MC Community
  • 3:00 p.m.

    Academic Symposium

    Swor Auditorium, Nelson Hall • Open to the Public
  • 5:00 p.m
    -9:00 p.m.

    Dinner & Concert

    Olde Towne Clinton • Open to the Public
  • 9:00 a.m.

    Family Worship Service

    Provine Chapel • By Invitation Only
  • 10:00 a.m.

    Dedication of Samuel Gore Sculpture “Christ in Gethsemane”

    Rhoda Royce Prayer Garden • Open to the Public
  • 11:30 a.m.

    Delegates Luncheon

    Anderson Hall, B.C. Rogers Student Center • By Invitation Only
  • 1:30 p.m
    - 3:00 p.m.

    Afternoon Campus Tour

    By Invitation Only
  • 3:00 p.m.

    Processional Robing

    Alumni Hall • By Invitation Only
  • 4:00 p.m.

    Inauguration Ceremony

    Mississippi College Quad • Open to the Public

    Community Reception

    Piazza & Jennings Courtyard • Open to the Public
  • 7:00 p.m.
    - 8:30 p.m.

    Evening Campus Tour

    By Invitation Only

Blake Thompson

Dr. Blake Thompson received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and an executive master’s from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The 44-year-old Mississippian also received his Bachelor and Master of Sciences degrees in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Mississippi where he serves on the institution’s Board of Visitors.

Dr. Thompson’s wife Jana is an honors graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and has practiced pharmacy in several settings. Blake and Jana are both from Rienzi, Mississippi and still own and operate a small blueberry farm. They currently reside in Clinton, Mississippi with their son, Grey, and two daughters, Sarah Blake and Cate.



Out of town guests attending the inauguration are entitled to discounted rates at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clinton.*

*Discount subject to availability of allotted rooms.
Information for


Delegates Luncheon

All delegates are invited to join Blake Thompson for a private luncheon prior to the ceremony. The luncheon will be held in Anderson Hall in the B.C. Rogers Student Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. Any special dietary requirements may be noted on the Delegate RSVP form.

Academic Attire

All delegates in the academic procession are expected to wear academic attire. If you do not have a cap and gown, please contact the school or organization you are representing so that they may provide you with the necessary academic regalia.

Robing & Inauguration Ceremony

Robing will begin at 3:00 p.m. A secure room will be provided for robing and personal belongings that will be staffed during all inauguration events. Each delegate will have an assigned position in the procession according to the year of founding of his/her institution. We ask that you be robed no later than 3:15 p.m. so that we can assure the appropriate order of the procession. Mississippi College staff members will be available to assist you. The Inaugural Procession will form at 3:30 p.m. and begin the processional at 4:00 p.m.

Campus Tours

Campus tours for delegates and special guests will be available at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Delegates interested in attending a campus tour should indicate on Delegate RSVP form the tour they plan to attend.


Contact us at 601.925.3257 or

Your RSVP has been submitted.