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Dr. Cady Short-Thompson at commencement

Celebrate With Us

Please save the date for the formal investiture of our seventh president, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 2 p.m. in Truist Arena on NKU’s Highland Heights campus. Alumni, community partners, friends, faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for this inspiring university tradition! Additional information will be available soon.

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Delegates & The Academic Processional

The academic processional is a tradition at collegiate ceremonies, in which university dignitaries formally process into the ceremony together wearing academic regalia.

For the Investiture Ceremony, the academic processional will include members of the NKU administration and faculty, NKU student leaders, and dignitaries representing other colleges and universities.


The Three I's of Inauguration


The larger set of events formally welcoming a new president


The formal ceremony welcoming a new university president


The moment of conferral during the investiture ceremony


Make a Donation to the Cady Short-Thompson Presidential Scholarship


Northern Kentucky University's 7th president, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, is establishing the Cady Short-Thompson Presidential Scholarship to EXCELerate NKU student success. This scholarship is poised to empower our students to thrive in their studies, hone their professional skills and prepare them for fulfilling careers that will make a lasting impact on their communities and our region.