Schedule of


  • 6:00 p.m.

    Worship Service

    First Baptist Church, Clinton • Open to the Public
    Speaker: Josh Manley, Pastor of RAK Evangelical Church in the United Arab Emirates
  • 10:50 a.m.

    Campus Worship Service

    Provine Chapel • Open to Members of the MC Community
    Speaker: Dr. Blake Thompson
  • 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
    Featuring Daniel W. Jones, MD, Sanderson Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • 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
    Speaker: Barbie Bassett, Author, Speaker, Meteorologist for WLBT
  • 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.


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