An investiture is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office,” and is held during or at the conclusion of the new president’s first year in office. It is an academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today, universities view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.
The installation of a new president is a dignified ceremony consisting of many long-standing academic traditions and protocols. One important element is 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 investiture includes greetings from members of the university community.
The theme of President Parham’s investiture ceremony is “Transforming lives that transform America,” a notion that is close to the new president’s heart. Just as his mentors and teachers helped put Dr. Parham on his life’s path, he wants to ensure that CSUDH guides and molds the next generation of local and national leaders.