LANSING, December 9, 2010 – All Michigan residents are invited to attend as Governor-elect Rick Snyder takes the oath of office at noon on Jan. 1, 2011 from the east portico of the state Capitol building.
When he is sworn in, Governor-elect Snyder will become Michigan’s 48th governor and take over at a time when Michigan is facing historic challenges, challenges he has pledged to overcome by ushering in a new era of innovation.
“Each one of us has a role in the reinvention of Michigan,” Governor-elect Snyder said. “We’ve spent too much time in this state being down on ourselves. It’s time to get excited again. It’s time to recapture the spirit of innovation that made our state great.”
The inauguration ceremony takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lansing. The inauguration ceremony is open to the public and free to attend; it is not necessary to register in advance. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early and assemble on the east lawn of the Capitol. Free parking will be available at multiple locations surrounding the Capitol.
Lt. Governor-elect Brian Calley, Attorney General-elect Bill Schuette and Secretary of State-elect Ruth Johnson will be sworn in at the ceremony as well.
Following the swearing in, Governor Snyder will then greet residents in a receiving line from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. In the evening, the governor will attend the inaugural celebration at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing.
Tickets for the inaugural celebration may be purchased online at www.governorelectricksnyder.com/inauguration. The inaugural celebration will be paid for through private donations and ticket sales; no taxpayer money will be used.
Inauguration Committee Co-chair Linda Gobler said the inauguration will be more casual compared to previous inaugurations. It will only take place in Lansing over the course of one day instead of in multiple cities stretched out over several weeks. However, residents who are unable to attend the inauguration will have other opportunities to participate in events during a year-long commemoration aimed at celebrating the power of Michigan.
Further details about programs that will take place throughout 2011 will be announced by the inauguration committee.
Schedule of Events:
Inauguration Ceremony and Swearing-in
Capitol building, East Portico
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public is welcome, please assemble on the east lawn
Gubernatorial Receiving Line
Capitol Building, Second Floor Governor’s Ceremonial Office
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Family Entertainment and Refreshments
Impression 5 Science Center
200 Museum Drive
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2011 Inaugural Celebration
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
On MSU’s campus at the intersection of Bogue and Wilson
East Lansing, MI
8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Ticket required, visit www.governorelectricksnyder.com/inauguration to purchase