Installation Information

Schedule of Events
Installation Presenters
Installation Traditions & Customs
Installation Committee

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 17th

Student/Alumni Reception
Pool Art Gallery
5:30 p.m.

Musical Performance
Clara Thompson Hall
7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18th

Day of Service 
Service opportunities available throughout the day (Classes remain in session)

Thursday, September 19th

Founders’ Day Convocation
Stone Chapel
11 a.m.

Friday, September 20th 

Installation Ceremony
Stone Chapel
3 p.m.

All-Campus Reception
Stone Chapel Lawn
Following the Installation

Installation Presenters

tynan_davisTynan Davis
Mezzo Soprano

Clara Thompson Hall
Tuesday, September 17
7:30 p.m.

Tynan Davis is a Mezzo Soprano opera singer based in New York.

In the operatic realm, she has recently sung with Austin Lyric Opera (Cherubino), Opera Birmingham (Mercedes/Carmen cover), Salt Marsh Opera (Countess/Giovanna/Page in Rigoletto), Opera Company of Middlebury (Myrtale in Thaïs), and Bronx Opera (Angelica in The Poisoned Kiss).

Tynan will be performing at Drury University on Tuesday, September 17 in Clara Thompson Hall. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will also feature the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, the Drury Singers, the Drury Concert Choir, and the Drury Jazz Combo I.

matt-oreillyMatt O’Reilly
Founders’ Day Convocation Speaker

Stone Chapel
Thursday, September 19
11 a.m.

Matt O’Reilly is the owner and operator of Dynamic Earth, a locally owned outdoor gear store with a location in Kansas City as well. Dynamic Earth has been in operation for 8 years and was the recipient of the Outdoor Industry “Sustainable Retailer of the Year” award last year.

Matt is also the owner and operator of Green Circle Projects, a small development company that focuses on sustainable commercial development like the LEED Platinum Certified Green Circle Shopping Center. The first of it’s kind in the country.

He was also a founder for Farmers Market of the Ozarks, now open at the Farmers Park Development in southeast Springfield and serving over 8,000 folks each Saturday. The market is also now open Tuesdays and on Thursdays in Ozark.

Matt’s awards include the Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the Year award for sustainability, and Springfield Business Journal’s “Innovator of the Year.”

Matt O’Reilly will be speaking on Thursday, September 19 at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel.


Installation Traditions & Customs

faculty_regaliaThe Installation Ceremony

With this ceremony on September 20th, Dr. Manuel becomes the 17th president of Drury University. The ceremony begins with the procession of the Drury faculty and administration, the Board of Trustees, and special guests of the university into Stone Chapel. Following an opening prayer, members of the campus and the Springfield community relay their words of welcome to Dr. Manuel and the Drury Community. A short musical offering follows, leading to a keynote address that prepares the way for the culminating moment, when Dr. Manuel is installed as the new president by the Chair of Drury’s Board of Trustees. The singing of the “Alma Mater” concludes the ceremony.

Academic Regalia

The traditional caps and gowns worn by faculty in the academic procession have been the historic costume of scholars since medieval times. Because many scholars of that period were members of monastic orders, the academic costume resembles ecclesiastical dress.

An intercollegiate commission in 1893 drafted a uniform code for academic attire. It has since been adopted by the majority of colleges and universities in the United States. The two academic degrees held by Drury faculty — master’s and doctor’s — each has its own distinctive gown and hood. The master’s gown has a long, narrow closed sleeve, extending below the knee. The arm is passed through a slit at the elbow. The doctor’s gown has a full, bell-shaped sleeve with three bars of velvet. The opening of this gown is faced with wide velvet bands, which may be black or of a color indicating the field of knowledge of the wearer: dark blue for philosophy, light blue for education, drab for business.

The most colorful and distinctive item of the academic costume is the hood, which passes around the neck and extends down the back. The colors of the silk lining exposed in the center of the hood are those of the college or university that conferred the degree. Dr. Manuel, for instance, graduated from the University of Mississippi, so the inner lining of his doctoral hood is red and blue.

Installation Past and Present

Just as with academic regalia, the word “installation” has ecclesiastical origins dating to mid fifteenth century Europe. It means to place an individual in office in an official place or “stall.”  Since then, the meaning of the word has expanded to refer to the placement of individuals and objects into a designated office or location for a specified purpose.

The president of Drury University wears the presidential medallion as a symbol of the trust placed by the Board of Trustees in the president as leader and steward of the university. The president accepts the charge to guide the strategic direction the university, the authority to speak on behalf of the Board, and the right to confer the academic degrees that Drury offers. The president wears the medallion as part of the academic attire on ceremonial occasions.

The installation of a president is rooted in past traditions, but each president brings a new tradition.  Dr. Manuel’s presidential medallion is engraved with the names of all the past presidents of Drury University.

The installation of Dr. David Manuel represents an occasion to celebrate Drury University: to honor its past, to mark the beginning of a new chapter, and to look forward to an institution marked by scholarship, engagement and service.

The Installation Committee

Installation Committee Members:

  • Amy Blansit
    Director of Campus Wellness & Fitness
  • Peter Browning
    Professor of Religion & University Chaplain
  • Andrew Byers
    President, Student Government Association
  • Dawn Hiles
    Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Jann Holland
    Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Weston Kissee
    Vice President, Drury Alumni Council
  • Courtney Swan
    Director of Community Outreach & Leadership Development
  • John Taylor
    Associate Professor of German
  • Michael Thomas
    Associate Dean for International Programs
  • Resa Willis
    Professor of English
  • Jay Gulshen
    Current Student