Cockett to give inaugural address Thursday

LOGAN – This week will be a busy one for Utah State University. In the middle of commencement exercises and final exams, the university will also be celebrating the inauguration of its 16th president.

Noelle Cockett will give her inaugural address during a special concert by the USU Wind Orchestra and the USU Chamber Singers at the Ellen Eccles Theatre Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. The installation ceremony will take place two days later on Saturday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. as part of the commencement exercises.

“During the ceremony I will address the theme of continuing USU’s legacy while mapping a promising future,” Cockett said during an event on campus last week.

A reception will take place after the concert and inauguration speech where the public will have the opportunity to eat Aggie Ice Cream and meet with Cockett, university spokesperson Maren Aller said.

Before being selected to follow Stan Albrecht as the university’s president, Cockett was USU’s executive vice president and provost. She has also served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences as well as USU’s Extension vice president.

Cockett has been serving as USU’s president since January, but the installation ceremony will give the public and the university a chance to see her formally sworn in by the Utah Board of Regents, Aller said.

The inauguration concert and address is open to all, but a ticket is required. Those can be obtained for free <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>here</a>. The event will also be broadcast online.

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