A banner on campus welcomes Nicholas Dirks who started the job of chancellor in June. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

Nicholas Dirks will be formally inaugurated as UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor on Friday in a celebratory event on campus that will include a colorful procession, performances and discussions about higher education in the 21st century.

Dirks, who was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, took up his new post five months ago, on June 1. He has already had a busy schedule, including handling an explosion which triggered a campus-wide evacuation in September, and appearing last month at Berkeleyside’s inaugural ideas festival Uncharted to talk about the fate of the humanities (as well as chopped liver and Bladerunner).

The inauguration on Friday is the formal welcome for the 61-year-old anthropology and history specialist who succeeded Robert J. Birgeneau as Cal chancellor.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Photo: John Blaustein
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Photo: John Blaustein

Friday’s ceremony will begin at 3 p.m with processions by some 500 members of the campus community, including alumni, faculty, administrators and staff. Faculty members will be dressed in colorful academic regalia. Dirks will wear his maroon hood from the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in history in 1981.

During the inaugural ceremony, UC President Janet Napolitano will present Dirks with the UC Chancellor’s Medal.

In his inaugural address, Dirks is expected to unveil his vision for UC Berkeley’s future.

For more information about the inauguration celebration, visit the inauguration website.

Watch the live stream here if you’re not planning to attend:

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...