Plymouth State University
What Is An Investiture?
President Sara Jayne Steen

What Is An Investiture?

Investiture is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office.” 

Historically in academia there have been varied investiture ceremonies, all of which symbolize the pursuit of knowledge. Many of these ceremonies are still significant in higher education with the same pageantry as a commencement or convocation.  Faculty march in academic procession in traditional academic costume known as regalia, and the Presidential Medallion is an integral part of the ceremony.  Today, Plymouth State University views the investiture of President Steen as an opportunity to welcome a new era for the University and celebrate as a community. 


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