Platform Party Information
Dear Inauguration Platform Party Members:
On behalf of President David A. Armstrong, and the Inauguration Steering Committee of St. Thomas University, I am pleased to send you information about your visit to St. Thomas to celebrate the inauguration of David A. Armstrong, J.D. We look forward to welcoming you to the St. Thomas campus for this historic event.
Below you will find parking information, a map of the campus, and instructions to help you prepare for the event. Attached, please find the latest draft of the Installation Script/Run-of-Show. Please read it to familiarize yourself with the flow of the ceremony.
If you need further information, please contact Marlen Lebish by phone at 305.773.9495 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inauguration Day Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Holy Mass
Location: Chapel of Saint Anthony
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Platform Party, Delegate and Faculty Staging
Location: Fernandez Family Center (FFC)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Installation Ceremony
Location: Fernandez Family Center (FFC)
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Inauguration Reception
Location: STU Soccer Field
Inauguration Day Transportation and Parking
Shuttle Transportation to Campus
A complimentary shuttle (Academy Bus) for guests staying at the Margaritaville Beach Resort and Marriott Hollywood Beach Hotel will be available to take guests to and from St. Thomas University on Wednesday, March 20. Please plan to be ready in the lobby of your hotel at the following times:
- Marriott Hollywood Beach: please meet at the hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. Departure is at 8:15 a.m.
- Margaritaville Beach Resort: please meet at the hotel lobby at 8:15 a.m. Departure is at 8:30 a.m.
The shuttle will arrive at St. Thomas in time for Holy Mass at 10 a.m. The shuttle will return guests to the hotel after the Inauguration Reception. The departure from campus is at 4:30 p.m. from the Fernandez Family Center.
Driving Directions to St. Thomas
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Parking on Campus
Guests attending Holy Mass should park in Lot 10, located near the Chapel of Saint Anthony. We will have parking attendants to assist you with parking.
Guests arriving later in the day for the Installation Ceremony should park in Lot 1, located next to the Fernandez Family Center. We will have parking attendants to assist you with parking.
If you are attending the Holy Mass, the most convenient parking is directly across the Chapel of Saint Anthony in Lot 10. During Mass, platform party members and delegates can leave their regalia with the designated STU staff worker.
Immediately following Mass, platform party members, delegates and faculty will have a shuttle (Academy Bus) waiting for them outside of the Chapel to take them to the Fernandez Family Center.
If you cannot make the Holy Mass, and are driving to campus, please click here for driving directions. The most convenient parking is located directly next to the Fernandez Family Center, in Lot 1.
Please look for the “Platform Party” sign outside of the Fernandez Center or ask a staff member to direct you to the Platform Party robing area.
All ceremony participants (delegates, faculty and platform party members) should be assembled at the Fernandez Family Center no later than 12:15 p.m. to prepare for line up. Each robing area will have light refreshments. We will have racks with hangers for you to leave your jackets; and we will have a security guard to stand watch during the ceremony in case you want to leave any personal items.
STU staff workers will be available to help you find your place in the procession. The first call to line up will be made at 12:40 p.m.
Every platform party member will have a copy of the Installation Ceremony script and a water bottle at their seat on the stage. You will also be able to view the script and seating chart in the robing area.
The installation of President David A. Armstrong, J.D. will take place in the Fernandez Family center at 1 p.m. Guests not participating in the ceremony should plan accordingly to arrive on time. The gym doors will close at 12:57 p.m. to begin the processional. Guests arriving after this time must wait in the lobby until the processional is done at approximately 1:10 p.m.
After the Installation Ceremony, STU staff workers will lead the recessional out and to the robing area.
Following the Installation Ceremony, all participants and guests are invited to the Inauguration Reception taking place on the STU Soccer Fields next to the Fernandez Family Center (see map).