The Presidential Investiture of Ava L. Parker, J.D.
Rich in tradition and protocol, an investiture is an academic ceremony that has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge for centuries. It is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office.” In addition to this historic purpose, today’s colleges and universities view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era in the life of the institution and to celebrate as a community.

A presidential investiture includes an academic procession of the institution’s own faculty as well as delegates from other colleges and universities. Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institutions. Interspersed with musical interludes, the event includes greetings from members of the college, the higher education community and government leaders.
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