Peter Salovey inaugurated as Yale University's 23rd president

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Peter Salovey was inaugurated the 23rd president of Yale University Sunday in festivities that began with a tradition-laden procession through the school's stately campus and ended with a block party featuring bluegrass music and fried dough.

With scholars from many of the world's great universities attending, and with Yale fellows and corporation members and students watching, Salovey accepted the official symbols of his new office: the 1701 charter creating the university, the school's seal and keys to three of its most historic and important buildings.

"With great joy, excitement and hope, I accept the leadership of this university," Salovey told the packed audience in Woolsey Hall. "I am honored to be granted the stewardship of this venerable institution; grateful for the trust of the Yale Corporation, faculty and community; optimistic for our shared future."

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