The Inauguration of Dr. Rachelle K. Keck

The Grand View University Board of Trustees invites you to the Inauguration of Dr. Rachelle K. Keck. All events will be held on the Grand View University campus.

Schedule of Events

Ice Cream Social with Dr. Keck (Students Only)
Monday, September 26 – 6 – 8 p.m.
Greenspace between the Residence Halls

The Grand Views
Wednesday, September 28 -  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Speed Lyceum
Join us as faculty and staff members give short talks on the following topics:
Research & Learning
Community & Belonging
Creativity & Expression
Vocation & Character

Speakers include:

Bonnie Hall, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Carrie Sponheim, Director of Annual Giving
Chris Lee, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Amy Schumann, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Stephen Sporer, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Miradieu Joseph, Head Coach, Cross Country and Track and Field
Paul Brooke, Professor of English

Nick Mitchell, Head Coach, Men’s Wrestling/Assistant Director of Athletics
Steve Snyder, Professor of Humanities


Inauguration/1896 Club Dinner*
Thursday, September 29 – 6 p.m. Cocktails/7 p.m. Dinner
Carlson Commons Dining Center

VIP Luncheon*
Friday, September 30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ibsen's Valhalla

Campus Luncheon
Friday, September 30 - Faculty & Staff at 11:45 a.m., students at 12:15 p.m.
Carlson Commons Dining Center

Classes will end by noon on Friday, September 30 to allow students to participate in inauguration activities.

Inauguration Ceremony
Friday, September 30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sisam Arena, Johnson Wellness Center

Dessert Reception
Friday, September 30 – following inauguration ceremony
Johnson Wellness Center Atrium

Homecoming Festival   
Friday, September 30 – 5 p.m.
Grand Plaza

Luther Memorial Church Service
Sunday, October 2 – 10 a.m.
Luther Memorial Church
1201 Grandview Avenue

*By invitation only


Hotel and Travel Information

If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels that are located close to the Grand View campus:

Hilton Des Moines Downtown – 435 Park Street, Des Moines, IA
Telephone:  515-241-1456

Embassy Suites – 101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
Telephone:  515-244-1700

Hampton Inn and Suites – 120 SW Water Street, Des Moines, IA
Telephone:  515-244-1650

Please visit this page for driving directions and a campus map.

Delegate Information             

For college/university delegates:

Registration: Please check-in at the Henning Student Center front desk. You will receive information about your robing location and other details. 

Robing: Academic robing will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Principal Conference Rooms A, B and C. Delegates are requested to provide their own regalia. 

Parking: You may park in the Henning Student Center parking lot. Please refer to our campus map.

Reception: Following the inauguration ceremony, you are invited to join us for a celebration reception in the Wellness Center Atrium.

Contact: Delegate questions may be directed to Corinna King at or 515-263-2802.