President's Oath of Office

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The oathes sworn by the presidents of the College of William and Mary at the time of their inauguration, when known, are here.

Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler

I, ___(name)_____________, do swear that I will well and truly execute the duties of my office as President according to the best of my abilities, so help me God.

From Proceedings at the Formal Installation of Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler as President of The College of William and Mary in Virginia, October 19, 1921, Williamsburg, Virginia (page 8). Note that the booklet states this is the ancient oath of office adopted by the Board of Visitors in 1792.

Alvin Duke Chandler

I, ___(name)_____________, do swear that I will well and truly execute the duties of the office of President according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

From The Inauguration of Alvin Duke Chandler as Twenty-Second President of The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Mary 15, 1953, Williamsburg, Virginia (page 11). Note that the booklet states that the oath was adopted by the Board of Visitors of the College in 1792.

Davis Young Paschall

I, ___(name)_____________, do swear that I will well and truly execute the duties of the office of President according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

From The Inauguration of Davis Young Paschall as the Twenty-third President of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1961. LD6051 .W517 1961 A3

Thomas A. Graves, Jr.

I, ___(name)_____________, do swear that I will well and truly execute the duties of the Office of President of the College of William and Mary in Virginia according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

Inauguration of Thomas A. Graves, Jr. September 1, 1971. Inaugural ceremony took place February 5, 1972.

Paul R. Verkuil

I, ___(name)_____________, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as President of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

From The Inauguration of Paul R. Verkuil as the Twenty-Fifth President of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Sunday, October 20, 1985, Williamsburg, Virginia (page 10).

Timothy J. Sullivan

I, ___(name)_____________, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as President of the College of William and Mary in Virginia according to the best of my ability so help me God.

From The Inauguration of Timothy J. Sullivan, The College of William and Mary, Friday, October 16, 1992, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Gene R. Nichol

I, ___(name)_____________, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties incumbent upon me as President of the College of William and Mary to the best of my ability so help me God.

Transcribed from videotape of installation of Gene R. Nichol, July 2005.

President Nichol used a Nichol family bible for the swearing in ceremony.

W. Taylor Reveley, III

President Reveley used a James Monroe family bible for the swearing in ceremony.