Spring on the York College campus

The Inauguration of Thomas D. Burns, Ph.D.

5th President of York College of Pennsylvania

On April 13, 2024, York College of Pennsylvania will celebrate the Inauguration of our fifth president, Dr. Thomas Burns.

The Inauguration ceremony will be held at the Waldner Performing Arts Center on York College's main campus, following a week of Inaugural events and activities that showcase York's dedication to community, academic excellence, and student success. 

The Inauguration of President Thomas D. Burns will be live streamed on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 2 p.m. EST.

Join the Celebration

Watch some highlights from President Burns' first few months at York College of Pennsylvania — and learn why he's happy to be a part of this special community.

Information for Attendees

  • Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    • Celebrating York College Faculty, Staff, and Administration
      Main Campus Lawn (Tent)
      Rain Location: Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center
      3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 11, 2024

    • New Voices at YCP
      Waldner Performing Arts Center, 2nd Floor
      10-11 a.m.
      • Presentations by: Dr. Tara Johnston (Education), Dr. Jason Smith (Environmental Horticulture), Dr. Emily Cope (Communication and Writing), and Dr. Samantha Deffler (Psychology)
      • Hosted by Dr. Gabe Cutrufello (Communication and Writing)
    • York College Faculty Research and Community Engagement
      DeMeester Recital Hall, inside Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall
      • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. session
        Moderator: Dominic DelliCarpini
        Panelists: Dr. Molly Sauder, Dr. Carla Strassle, and Dr. Tamara Schwartz
      • 1 - 2 p.m. session
        Moderator: Dominic DelliCarpini
        Panelists: Dr. Madhavi Reddi, Mr. Oscar Winters, and Dr. Greg Foy
    • Faculty Research and Creative Works Showcase
      Waldner Performing Arts Center, 2nd Floor
      3:30 - 5 p.m.

    Friday, April 12, 2024

    • Inaugural President's Reception
      Country Club of York
      1400 Country Club Road
      York, PA 17403
      4 to 6 p.m.
      *Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
    • Boustead Inaugural Concert: Jupiter String Quartet
      Waldner Performing Arts Center
      7:30 p.m.
    • Spartapalooza (Student Event)
      Main Campus Lawn (Tent)
      Rain Location: Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center
      1 to 3 p.m.
    • YCP's Got Talent
      Main Campus Lawn (Tent)
      Rain Location: Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center
      9 p.m.

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    • Inaugural Luncheon
      Iosue Student Union
      11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      *Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
    • Inauguration Ceremony
      Waldner Performing Arts Center
      2 p.m.

  • Location and Accommodations

    Campus Map

    View a map of the York College campus at map.ycp.edu.

    GPS Address

    441 Country Club Road
    York, PA, 17403

    GPS Coordinates

    • Latitude: 39.9467818
    • Longitude: -76.7296766


    For your convenience, room blocks have been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites York South and The Yorktowne Hotel. When making your reservation, please mention the York College Inauguration block to receive a discounted rate.

  • Delegate Information

    Thank you for accepting this invitation to participate in a truly momentous occasion. Please find below the directions for Saturday, April 13, 2024. 

    We request that you arrive on campus by 1:15 PM. The address of the college is 441 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403-3651. We will have Safety Officers strategically placed at checkpoints to guide you to designated parking.

    You will be robing in The Humanities Building, Room 228. Refreshments will be provided in the robing room, and staff will assist you. 

    Kindly RSVP no later than March 13, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact us at inauguration@ycp.edu.

  • Sponsors

    We are grateful for the support of the following individuals and organizations:

    • Ms. Anne E. Zerbe and Mr. Mark T. Zerbe
    • Anonymous Donor
    • Ms. Barbara A. Sleeger '71
    • Ms. C. Kim Bracey
    • Dr. Cathy Taylor
    • Mrs. Carol S. Eicher '90
    • Chartwells/Compass Group
    • Ms. Coni Wolf
    • Mr. Dale A. Carey '85 and Mrs. Mary H. Carey
    • Glatfelter Insurance Group
    • Mr. Jon D. Kirssin '78 and Mrs. Marilee A. Wolf
    • Mr. Kevin D. Jackson '99 and Mrs. Anika S. M. Jackson
    • Laura and Steve Wand
    • Mrs. Lynne E. Gordon Dewitt and Mr. James H. Dewitt
    • Hon. Maria Musti Cook '81
    • Mr. Mark S. Schmidt '73 and Mrs. Ruby Schmidt
    • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
    • Mrs. Natalee Colon Gunderson ’09/’14 and Mr. Reed Gunderson
    • Mr. Shawn J. Halsey CPWA, CRPC, CSNA ’01 and Mrs. Nicole Halsey ’00
    • Warfel Construction
    • Mr. William T. Yanavitch II
  • Contact Information

    Questions can be directed to inauguration@ycp.edu.