Advancing the Vision



Friday, November 15, 2013
2:30 p.m.
World Theater

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. 

Ceremony Overview

The platform party processional will take the stage in the World Theater, accompanied by the Monterey String Quartet and color guard. J. Lawrence Norton, member of The California State University Board of Trustees, will preside over the ceremony. It will open with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a Native American blessing and a poetry reading.

The Hon. Leon E. Panetta will present the keynote address. CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White and Norton will preside over the official ceremony of investiture. President Eduardo M. Ochoa will deliver the investiture address. 

Closing remarks and the recessional of the platform party from the stage will adjourn the ceremony, accompanied by music. A reception will immediately follow in the University Center.

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.  

Schedule of Events

Nov. 15

  • 2:30 – Investiture ceremony, World Theater. 
  • Immediately following – Reception, University Center.

Nov. 16