Presidential Investiture: An Institute Milestone
By Victor Rogers Oct. 24, 2019
President Ángel Cabrera’s Investiture, or inauguration, will be held Monday, Oct. 28.
“The Investiture is the symbolic handing of authority to the new president. President Cabrera has legally been president of the Institute since Sept. 1. So, the Investiture is really a celebration,” said Joseph L.A. Hughes, professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, chair of the Faculty Executive Board, and a member of the Investiture planning committee.
The president wears the Institute Medallion, which bears Georgia Tech’s “Progress and Service” motto. President Cabrera’s initials will be added to the medallion’s chain, which includes the initials of each of Tech’s presidents. The president receives the medallion during the Investiture and wears it with his academic regalia.
This will be the third investiture that Hughes has attended and the second for which he has served on the planning committee. The 21-member planning committee, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, is chaired by Michael Hagearty, director of Campus Communications and Special Events in Institute Communications.
The size and scope of the ceremony are usually determined by a combination of institutional practices and the preferences of the new president.
“For this ceremony, people on the planning committee have been talking with President Cabrera about his Investiture since before he arrived on campus in September. His Investiture is happening relatively quickly, and that was his preference,” said Hughes. “This will be more of a ‘family’ event, although guests from off campus will be present.”
2019 Investiture Details
Monday, Oct. 28
Ferst Center for the Arts
Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, will formally confer the rank of president on Ángel Cabrera. Representatives from other universities will attend, and student representatives, faculty, staff, and government officials will speak at the event.
Hughes said that in some ways an investiture is similar to a wedding.
“In both cases a group of people gather for a relatively rare event where a person is the focus. At a wedding the focus is obviously on the couple getting married. At an investiture the new president is clearly the focus, but the event is also about and for the community,” Hughes said.
The day of the Investiture will begin with a breakfast for invited guests, followed by the ceremony and concluding with a celebration on Tech Green that is open to the entire campus community.