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Michelle Wu’s swearing-in set for noon on Nov. 16

Full inauguration celebrations to take place in January.

Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu speaks to reporters as Acting Mayor Kim Janey listens during a November press conference.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Michelle Wu will be sworn in as mayor at noon on Nov. 16 in the Boston City Hall Council Chamber, her transition team announced Monday, sharing details on a handoff of power that will make Boston history.

After a brief ceremony during which she will take the oath of office, Wu will go to the mayor’s chambers “to get to work,” her team said, occupying the very same office she worked in years ago as an aide to then-Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“Given the shortened transition and the urgent challenges facing Boston, we’re getting right to work on November 16th,” Wu said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to mark the quick start of our Administration with a moment in the City Council Chamber next week. Boston City Hall was designed to reflect transparency and a commitment to public service, and the work of building a Boston for everyone means empowering all of city government to move with urgency and build community.”

Meanwhile, Acting Mayor Kim Janey will deliver a farewell address on Wednesday afternoon, as she readies to depart the post she has held since late March. Janey will speak in Roxbury’s Hibernian Hall, according to a press release, and will address the progress the city made during her tenure as the first Black person and first woman to serve as the city’s chief executive.


Typically, a new Boston mayor would have months between Election Day and taking office. This year, Wu has just two weeks, a shortened timeline that follows the appointment of former mayor Martin J. Walsh to the Biden administration.

A full inauguration including public events will take place in January, as new city councilors are sworn in, too, Wu said in a statement.

Wu’s transition team is led by Mariel Novas, a community organizer who holds a doctorate in education leadership. Wu has stayed mum so far on other key hires for her administration.


Wu made history last week, winning the mayor’s race with a decisive 28-point margin to become the first woman, first person of color, and first Asian American elected mayor of Boston. At 36, she is also the youngest mayor in decades, and the first mother to lead the city.

Emma Platoff can be reached at emma.platoff@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emmaplatoff.