Presidential inauguration headlines weeklong schedule of events at Briar Cliff | Briar Cliff University

Presidential inauguration headlines weeklong schedule of events at Briar Cliff

President Rachelle Karstens

Sioux City, Iowa – The Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees and the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa invite Briar Cliff family and friends as well as the Siouxland community to celebrate Briar Cliff’s history, mission and impact during the inauguration of Rachelle L. Karstens, J.D. as the University’s eleventh president on Friday, April 26.

A compassionate and proven leader with a background in higher education, law and fundraising, Karstens has served in various roles at Briar Cliff including interim president since 2017. Karstens received her Bachelor of Arts from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and her law degree from the University of Iowa. Karstens’ inauguration will be the first presidential inauguration in Sioux City in the past 16 years.

A weeklong schedule of events is planned leading up to inauguration day including activities centered on the theme of “Igniting Faith. Empowering Learning. Inspiring Service.

Inauguration Day – Friday, April 26

Installation Ceremony of President Rachelle L. Karstens
1:30 p.m. | Newman Flanagan Center

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Roth Atrium, Heelan Hall

5 p.m. | Our Lady of Grace Chapel

The Siouxland community is invited to join Briar Cliff for inauguration day as well as other events planned during inauguration week.

“The values that emerge from our Catholic Franciscan heritage make Briar Cliff unique,” says Karstens. “Our students are learning academic and professional skills while also learning about themselves and who God intended them to be. The combination of those experiences is powerful.”

For a schedule of inaugural events or for more information, visit

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