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Investiture Ceremony

The Investiture of Dr. Marlene Tromp will mark the pinnacle of Inauguration Week events. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join us as we celebrate and formally introduce Boise State’s seventh president.

Ceremony Details

2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

No tickets required.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Please arrive early for best seating and to avoid any security or seating delays. Please note that no food or beverages are allowed in the Morrison Center auditorium. Business attire recommended.

Complimentary parking available in the surface lot at the Morrison Center.

History of Investiture Ceremonies

A ceremony to formally inaugurate a President is a long tradition in academia. At Boise State, this ceremony started with the third president and continues today. The ceremonies include an academic processional, invocation, music, salutations from representative groups, the official investiture, remarks from the president, and an academic recession. Often, the ceremony is complemented by other events such as banquets, teas, receptions, dinners, as well as other events throughout the week.

Terminology (from the Oxford English Dictionary):
inauguration: Formal or ceremonial induction to an office or dignity; consecration, investiture, installation
induction: The action of introducing to, or initiating in, the knowledge of something; the process of being initiated; introduction, initiation.
installation: The action of installing or fact of being installed; the ceremony of formally inducting (a person) into an ecclesiastical dignity, an order of knighthood, or an official position; hence, formal establishment in any office or position.
investiture: The action or an act of ceremonially dressing someone in or presenting someone with official robes, attire, or insignia, esp. as part of a formal installation or induction.

Dr. Robert Kustra, 2003-2018
Installation: February 27, 2004
Quote from Speech: “So when we speak of Boise State as a metropolitan university, we are talking about a great university being built building by building, program by program, by a community of like-minded people, leaders in the community who valued education, who wanted the best education for their children and who understood the relationship between a great city and a great university.”

Dr. Charles Ruch, 1993-2003
Inauguration: February 17, 1994
Quote from Speech: “We always have been an institution of modest means, from the day we were founded during the Depression until today. ‘Complacent’ has never been a word that describes Boise State. Rather, our University has learned that good things come to those who work hard, are persistent, and seize opportunities when they are presented. This entrepreneurial attitude has allowed us to turn dreams into reality for six decades.”

Dr. John Keiser, 1979-1991
Inauguration: December 8, 1978
Quote from Speech: “Present realities of population and demographic projections clearly justify a spectrum of academic programs here broad enough to sustain the title university; a fine one, more than worthy of the name. The realities of our location indicate to me that the special strengths of Boise State University should grow from it, i.e.; programs in response to government, to enterprise (be it business or technical), and to the fact we exist in a center for the health professions.”

Dr. John Barnes, 1967-1978
Inauguration: December 9, 1967
Quote from Speech: Southwestern Idaho and the state at large looks toward us to provide educational programs that can help the state and its people be more productive in the widest sense. We must be aware of our public, concerned about our institutional destiny, and ready to play a dynamic and supportive role in Idaho’s future progress.”

Information contributed by the University Archives.