Sep 29, 2019
The community is invited to the Presidential Investiture Events for Tom Jackson, Jr., including an Investiture Scholarship Dinner that will raise funds for student scholarships.
The Investiture Ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 10 at 2 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre. Guest seating and processional line-up begin at 1:30 p.m.
Seating is limited to the first 735 guests to RSVP. Guests can also watch a livestream of the ceremony in the Kate Buchanan Room and directly on their personal device from a link on the HSU homepage, Humboldt.edu.
Following the ceremony will be a reception in the Art Quad.
The Investiture Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, October 10 at the Ingomar Club, will be an opportunity to welcome President Jackson to our community. All of the proceeds from the evening will directly support HSU student scholarships. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
What Is An Investiture?
Defined as the “act or ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office,” an investiture is an academic ceremony in which a new leader is “vested” with the official powers of office. Held during a president’s first year in office or at the conclusion of the first year, an investiture provides an opportunity to welcome a new chapter in a university’s history and celebrate as a community.
The installation of a new president is a ceremony of dignity with many academic traditions and protocols. It includes an academic procession of delegates from other colleges and universities as well as the institution’s own faculty. Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institution. Interspersed with musical selections, the event includes greetings from members of the university community.
During President Jackson’s investiture, as with prior ceremonies for CSU presidents, the Presidential Medallion will be conferred. The Presidential Medallion is a symbol of President Jackson’s responsibilities to the University.