Advancing the Vision



President Ochoa's investiture ceremony was held Friday, November 15, 2013, in the World Theater.

J. Lawrence Norton, member of The California State University Board of Trustees, presided over the ceremony. The Hon. Leon E. Panetta presented the keynote address. CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White and Norton presided over the official ceremony of investiture. President Eduardo M. Ochoa delivered the investiture address.


About the Investiture

An investiture is a formal ceremony recognizing the official designation of a university president. Typically held during or at the end of the president’s first year in office, the investiture confers the authority and symbols of the office upon the president. This academic inauguration allows the campus community to mark the beginning of a new era and formally welcome the new president.

With roots in the Middle Ages, the investiture features traditional rituals and protocols symbolizing the pursuit of knowledge. Official greetings are presented by campus delegates, many wearing their institution’s academic regalia. 

The Mace and Medallion

CSUMB academic maceThe University Mace traditionally is carried by the chair of the Academic Senate during ceremonial occasions at CSU Monterey Bay. Collaboratively designed in 1998, the mace symbolizes the shared governance and vision of the university. It features a bronze sphere with concentric rings, representing lifelong learning; a larger sphere that reads erudiri est quaerere (“education is in the questions”) and represents the seven continents, multiculturalism, the four compass points and the four elements; three interlocking bronze rings representing aspects of environmental respect; and a glass sphere representing self-responsibility.

CSUMB president's medallionThe President’s Medallion was created in 1997 as a symbol of CSU Monterey Bay and comprises both the seal and the sash. It is presented upon installation to the president, who wears it on ceremonial occasions. The seal was cast from brass fittings and ammunition from the former Fort Ord. The sash — a woven, handmade band adorned with clamshells and abalone beads — honors the first peoples of the Monterey Peninsula, the Ohlone and Rumsien. The medallion incorporates the university's motto and numerous circular elements, including the central compass representing education, transcendent knowledge and infinite lifelong learning.