Please join us as we celebrate the installation of Dr. Steven Leath as the nineteenth president of Auburn University at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 29, in Auburn Arena. Be a part of Auburn history and witness Dr. Leath as he is conferred with the articles of office and shares an inspiring, innovative, and transformative vision for Auburn's future.
The installation of a new president at universities and colleges has been a tradition in our nation dating back to the 17th century. The ceremony is a formal occasion involving faculty and students, dignitaries, alumni and the public in a celebration and formal welcome of a new president and that president's vision for the university, signaling the dawn of a new era.
The presidential installation ceremony is one of cap and gown regalia, which has origins in academic dress dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were first taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric.
Chains of office and the president's medallion are worn as part of the pomp and ceremony of the official public celebration. Along with the academic mace, the official chain of office is highly regarded as part of the enduring legacy and permanent symbology of the institution.
To learn more about the installation of President Leath, please visit auburn.edu/auburninspires.