Information for Delegates

Rice University is honored to welcome delegates from institutions of higher learning and learned societies to participate in the inauguration of Rice’s 8th President, Reginald DesRoches.


Please kindly reply by September 30, 2022 to ensure inclusion in the printed investiture ceremony program. The weblink for delegates to RSVP can be found below:

Full Schedule for Delegates

Rice University will be hosting a series of events in celebration of this historic occasion. We hope delegates will be able to join the following festivities:

Please note that all times listed below are in Central Daylight Time.

Friday, October 21*

Delegate Check-In
12-5 pm
Foyer, Brockman Hall for Opera

* Bag check will be available in Brockman Hall for Opera until 5:30 pm

Welcome to Rice Presentation
1-1:45 pm
Morrison Theater, Brockman Hall for Opera

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Keynote
2:10-3:10 pm
Morrison Theater, Brockman Hall for Opera

Campus Tours
3:30-5 pm
Explore the beautiful Rice University campus with guided walking tours: Highlights of Rice tour, Historical tour, Rice Public Art tour. Additional details to be posted soon.

Cocktail Reception
6:30-8:30 pm
Turrell Skyspace and Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Delegates are invited to a VIP cocktail reception where they can enjoy the sunset show at the James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace, as well as a musical performance by students from the Shepherd School of Music.

Light & Sound Celebration
9-9:15 pm
Academic Quadrangle
Please join us for a light and sound celebration created for President DesRoches' inauguration.

Saturday, October 22*

Investiture Ceremony
9:30 am
Academic Quadrangle
Pre-ceremony assembly location: Martel Hall, Duncan Hall
Delegates should plan to assemble at 8:30 am in order to prepare for the academic procession. As a reminder, delegates will need to provide their own regalia in order to participate in the procession.

Investiture Luncheon
Immediately following the ceremony-1:30 pm
Inauguration Pavilion, Founder’s Court

* Regalia check will be available in the Pavilion for the duration of the luncheon


Rice has arranged for room blocks October 20 – 22, 2022 for delegates participating in the Rice University Presidential Inauguration.

- These blocks of rooms will be released after the dates noted below. Please make sure to make your reservations by then to secure special rates and ensure room availability.

- All rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes.

- Both hotels offer shuttle service to campus. If you will need shuttle service, please contact your hotel’s guest services for additional details.

- On Saturday, October 22, Rice University will provide transportation from these two hotels for delegates participating in the investiture ceremony. Additional details regarding departure times will be provided the week of the event.

- Delegates needing to update the lodging information provided with their RSVP should contact 713-348-2112 or

Hotel Address

InterContinental Houston Medical Center
Deadline to book: October 6, 2022

6750 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 422-2779

The Westin Houston Medical Center
Deadline to book: October 4, 2022

1709 Dryden Rd
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 730-2404

Additional lodging options in the area can be found at:

Investiture Details

REMINDER: All Delegates are requested to provide their own academic regalia.

Additional information regarding the investiture ceremony, including assembly and rain plan details will be available at:

Special Accommodations

If you have any special accommodation needs to facilitate your participation in inaugural activities, please reach out to 713-348-2112 or for assistance. Two weeks advanced notice is appreciated.