Inaugural Events

Installation Ceremony

Of the College’s 7th President, Kristen Westover

Friday, October 19, 2018

10:30 a.m. in the Goodloe Center

Phillips-Taylor Hall


Immediately following

Slemp Commons

Phillips-Taylor Hall

Inaugural Concert

5:00 p.m. Reception in the Slemp Commons

6:00 p.m. Concert in the Goodloe Center

A celebration of traditional mountain music featuring

Wayne Henderson & Helen White

John McCutcheon

Joe Newberry & Mike Compton

Home Craft Days

47th annual festival of traditional

mountain crafts and music

October 20 & 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College

Directions to Mountain Empire Community College


The College is located on US Hwy 23 South in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, which can be approached from I-81 or US Hwy 58.


The Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, Tennessee serves the region. The airport is approximately sixty miles from the campus. From the airport, take I-81 South, take exit 57B onto I-26/US Hwy 23 North, and follow US Hwy 23 North after entering Virginia. MECC is located on the left side of the road approximately thirty miles North of the Virginia state line. The Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, Virginia is available for private and state planes.


Comfort Inn, Big Stone Gap, Virginia (276) 523-5911

The Inn at Wise, Wise, Virginia (276) 321-7600

  • Reference: MECC Inauguration Group

Inaugural Information on the Web

For more information and a campus map, please visit the Presidential Inauguration web site at:

The ceremony will be streamed live on the Inauguration web site.

Contact Information

You may contact the College for additional information at 276-523-7490 or email