An investiture—a formal ceremony conferring the authority of high office—is held during the new president’s first year in office, or at the conclusion of their first year. The installation of a new president is a ceremony with many traditions and protocols. It includes an academic procession of delegates from other colleges and universities as well as the institution’s own faculty. The CSU views investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.

William J. Hagan, CSU Dominguez Hills

William Hagan

In an affair filled with promise and hope, CSU Dominguez Hills celebrated the investiture of President Willie J. Hagan on May 2. Standing in front of an audience of 450 attendees which included faculty, staff, students, political figures and notable community members, Hagan delivered his inaugural address during the ceremony on the campus’ North Lawn.

“I cannot help but be humbled by the small role I have been given the privilege to play,” Hagan said. “I promise to do everything in my power to live up to the responsibilities of this position and to work collaboratively with the great faculty, staff and students at this university and in this outstanding community to advance our mission and to make this institution even stronger.”

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William A. Covino, Cal State L.A.

William Covino

On May 9, Cal State L.A. inaugurated Dr. William A. Covino as its seventh president. The formal Investiture represents the first new leadership on the Cal State L.A. campus in 34 years. In his Investiture speech, President Covino laid out his vision for the future of this 23,000-student institution. He outlined plans for an institution that serves as a hub of access, opportunity and excellence for all Angelenos.

“As we envision the future of Cal State L.A., we’re going to build upon those three pillars: engagement, service and the public good,” said Covino. “We’re going to be a university without walls. An institution that draws from the community, and stands for the community. This is a spirit we instill in our students. Because, for them to advance from our classrooms to become tomorrow’s darers and doers, citizens and civic leaders, innovators and inventors, they must first internalize and identify with the ethic of engagement that they will learn right here at Cal State L.A. And then they’ll transform Los Angeles and the world beyond.”

Read more about the inauguration of Cal State L.A. President Covino.

Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State

Joseph Castro

The Investiture ceremony to formally recognize Dr. Joseph I. Castro as the eighth president of Fresno State drew more than 1,300 people from throughout the Central Valley to the campus on May 10. Responding to a special university outreach to K-12 schools in the region, more than half of the attendees were children. Many, like the president, are from families in which college-going is not a tradition.

Castro gave the children a special message: “If you remember anything I said today, please let it be this: Fresno State is here for you now and in the future to help you achieve your dreams.”

Read more about the inauguration of Fresno State President Castro.