Inauguration 2020

A Private University with a Public Mission

The Inauguration of Dr. William M. Downs as the 13th President of Gardner-Webb University

The Inauguration of William M. Downs has been designed to promote his vision for the future of Gardner-Webb University. Events will strengthen the physical and spiritual health of our campus and our community and make responsible use of our financial resources.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 25

Waffles at the Webb

Tucker Student Center


It’s Waffle Day and the beginning of Inauguration week so come celebrate. Enjoy waffles with Dr. and Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 26

Community Service Activities

Various locations

Work with students, faculty, staff and alumnus in a variety of hands-on indoor and outdoor community service projects that embody the spirit of sustainability across our campus and our community

Friday, March 27

Inauguration of William M. Downs



The formal installation ceremony features the long-standing traditions of Gardner-Webb University including academic procession, delegates, Trustees, alumni class representatives, greetings and special presentations.


Saturday, March 28

Campus Celebration: Webbstock


GWU & Town of Boiling Springs

For students, faculty, staff and the community. Join us for a fun day of celebration. The event will include concerts and food. All attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item in support of the Little Bulldog Backpack program.

Sunday, March 29

Worship Service


Baseball Game


John Henry Moss Stadium

All are welcome to attend. This service will include a personal faith statement by President Downs.


Finish off Inauguration week by supporting our Bulldogs as they take on USC Upstate.