The Inauguration of Judith Huntington
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date, time and location of the inaugural ceremony?
The Inauguration of Judith Huntington as 13th President of The College of New Rochelle will take place at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 14, 2011 in The Wellness Center on the Main Campus of the College, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805.

How long is the ceremony?
Approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Who is invited to the Inauguration?
All members of the College Community – trustees, alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and students – plus government leaders, alumnae/i, delegates from other colleges and institutions, and special guests of the President and Board of Trustees.
Are there other inaugural events that I should know about?

  • An Inaugural Liturgy will take place on Thursday, October 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel.  
  • The President will host a President’s Circle cocktail reception for invited guests on Thursday, October 13, at Glen Island Harbour Club.  Contact Linda Grande for more information about this event, (914) 654-5288.

Are classes cancelled?
Classes are cancelled beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, October 13, and continuing through the following day and night, Friday, October 14. 

Are offices closed?
All offices except Security and Dining Services will be closed on Friday, October 14.
I’m a member of the Support Staff.  Should I punch into E-Time on Friday, October 14?
No – but you should sign in when you reach your designated location (as a guest, marcher or inaugural staff) at one of three information desks located at (1) the Mooney Center Lobby, (2) Maura Lobby, or (3) the Wellness Center Lobby.   Your signature at one of these locations guarantees that you will be paid for the day.  You do not need to punch into E-Time.

What is an Academic Convocation?
An Academic Convocation is a formal procession of different groups from within the College Community in full academic regalia.  Each group is led by an individual who carries a banner for his/her group.  The groups process from several areas on campus (the Mooney Center, Maura Hall, and the Castle) and converge at The Wellness Center for the grand march into the hall.  The Order of March is (1) delegates from various other colleges and institutions, (2) alumnae/i, (3) students of SAS, (4) students of GS, (5) students of SNR, (6) students of SN, (7) members of the professional staff, (8) faculty, and finally, (9) members of the Board of Trustees and other members of the President’s (platform) party.  Each group will be led to a reserved section of seating in the gymnasium.  Approximately 500 people will participate in our Academic Convocation on October 14.  Only those who have previously confirmed their participation may march.  

Where and when is line-up for the Academic Convocation?
Line-up starts at 11:00 a.m. at the following locations.  Continental breakfast will be provided.  All participants should check in as indicated below before proceeding to their lineup location.  Only those who have confirmed their participation in the Academic Convocation may line up.

  • Faculty will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Living Room.
  • Staff will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Living Room
  • Alumnae/i will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in in Maura Ballroom
  • SAS students will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Ballroom
  • GS students will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Ballroom
  • SNR students will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Ballroom
  • SN students will check in at Maura Hall Lobby and line up in Maura Ballroom
  • Trustees will check in at the reception desk on the 2nd floor of the Castle, and line up in the Castle Parlor foyer
  • Other members of the President’s platform party will check in at the reception desk on the 2nd floor of the Castle, and line up in the Castle Parlor foyer.
  • Delegates will check in and line up in the Mooney Center (see below).

Where do Delegates go?
Delegates should check in at the front desk of the Mooney Center Lobby and report to hospitality in Room 160.  Continental breakfast will be provided.  You will then be escorted to Romita Auditorium for line-up and the procession.  

Where do I get my regalia for the Academic Convocation?
Faculty, staff, and delegates will provide their own regalia.  Students, alumnae/i, and trustees will have regalia provided for them at their line-up locations.

What happens if it rains?
If light rain is in the forecast, we will distribute umbrellas to those marching in the Academic Convocation. If, however, a major rainstorm is predicted, alternate line-up locations in The Wellness Center will be announced.  

Is there special guest seating at Inauguration?
Yes.  Those who have special seating tickets will be seated in the Special Guest section by members of the College Advancement team.

Where is general guest seating at Inauguration?
Some floor seating and bleacher seating is available for all general admission guests.  Ushers will escort you to these seats.  No ticket is required for these areas.  For latecomers, if there is no room in the gymnasium, additional seating will be available in Romita Auditorium where live streaming video of the ceremony can be viewed on the large screen.

Is there seating for the disabled?  
Yes.  A section is reserved for physically challenged guests, including an area that is wheelchair accessible.  

Can I watch the inaugural ceremony on my computer?
Yes.  Live streaming video is available through the CNR Institutional Facebook page anywhere in the world. To view the live stream video, you must first become a friend of the Institutional CNR Facebook page

Is there a reception or lunch following the ceremony?
Yes.  Luncheon for the College Community will immediately follow the ceremony.  Delegates, trustees, and special guests will be invited to a luncheon in the Library Café, the Castle Parlors, and the Castle Gallery.  Faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i are invited to dine in the Sweeny Student Center where there will be a buffet style luncheon on the first and second floors.  Lunch tickets will designate your lunch location, but if you do not have a lunch ticket, you are welcome to join us for lunch in the Sweeny Student Center.

What about parking?
Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from Glen Island for guests arriving by car.  We strongly urge you to take advantage of this service by parking your car at Glen Island and taking a free shuttle bus to and from the campus.  Shuttles will run continuously from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between the College and Glen Island.  Shuttle stops are located on Liberty Avenue (at Ursula Walk) and on Castle Place (at the foot of the Chapel).  Information booths will be set up at these locations to direct you to your destination.

What about travel from (and to) the branch campuses?
Private bus service from the branch campuses will be provided for those participating in the Academic Convocation and for those who are attending as guests. Please see bus schedules below

Bus Number


Bus Departing
Traveling to New Rochelle Main Campus

Bus Departing
New Rochelle
Traveling to Branch Campuses


Rosa Parks

8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.



8:15 a.m

3:30 p.m


Co-op City

8:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m



8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m


DC 37

8:15 a.m.

3:30 p.m

Please contact your Campus Director for departing bus meeting locations.

Where do I go if I’ve been assigned to the inaugural staff?

  • Marshals, Banner Bearers and Ushers: 
    contact Laurie Castaldo, (914) 654-5495
  • Trustees and President’s Party: 
    contact Meghan Toomey, (914) 654-5558
  • Delegates
    contact Ellen Curry Damato, (914) 654-5854
  • Information and Check-in Personnel: 
    contact Ellen Lockamy, (914) 654-5417
  • Special Guest Services: 
    contact Claire Manto, (914) 654-5282
  • Technicians: 
    contact Laurie Castaldo, (914) 654-5495
  • Press and Photographers: 
    contact Lenore Carpinelli, (914) 654-5272
  • Security: 
    contact Rodney Samuels, (914) 654-5952
  • Dining Services: 
    contact Maggie Edmonston, (914) 654-5283
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance: 
    contact Jane Carino, (914) 654-5481

Can I be a guest at the ceremony if I’ve been assigned to one of the inaugural staff locations outside of the gymnasium?
Yes, but speak with your supervisor before you leave your assigned location.  A section of seats will be reserved for those who are members of the inaugural staff.

Are there future inaugural activities that I may want to know about?
Yes.  In addition to the above week of activities, inaugural events will continue throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • On November 5, the students will celebrate the Inauguration with President Huntington at a Student Inaugural Celebration at the Co-Op City campus.  Students from all campuses will be encouraged to attend this event, which begins at 7:00 p.m.  Dancing and live entrainment will be included in the event.
  • In the months following the Inauguration, the Inaugural Lecture Subcommittee will be publicizing its greatly anticipated Lecture Series which will highlight some important higher education issues such as healthcare, liberal arts, and social justice.

Other questions?
Contact Melissa Becker of Paula Wedlaw via the Inauguration phone number at (914) 654-5400, or e-mail them at .

The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City. The College maintains five other campus locations in New York City. Visit the College’s website at