The Swearing In Ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017 at noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony is a highly-choreographed tradition signaling the smooth transition of power to the new administration. It is organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), chaired this year by Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.
Barrack recently announced that joining the roster of political and celebrity who’s who attending the ceremony are six faith leaders. He states, “I am pleased to announce that a diverse set of faith leaders will offer readings and prayers at the swearing-in of President-elect Trump and honor the vital role religious faith plays in our multicultural, vibrant nation.”
Those offering readings and giving the invocation at the ceremony are His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center.
Additionally, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International will offer readings and give the benediction.
Singer Jackie Evancho has also been confirmed to perform at the inaugural ceremony. The former “America’s Got Talent” contestant will be singing the National Anthem. Other confirmed performances on the program include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes.