Yes, but seating is limited in some respects. Those who are interested in attending should RSVP from the Ceremony Resoruces page.
The ceremony will take place in the Malcolm Field Theatre in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall. Seating in this particular room is determined exclusively by VIP invitation due to the large number of international guests scheduled to attend and to accommodate the large processional party. Campus officials, regional leaders and dignitaries — some traveling from overseas — will be among those present in this space.
SVSU, however, is providing a live broadcast of the event that will be viewed in the adjoining Rhea Miller Recital Hall and nearby Curtiss Hall seminar rooms. Watching the ceremony from these vantage points is not determined by VIP invitation. The program also will be simulcast on the Internet for those unable to attend in person.
All guests are invited to the reception following the ceremony. This will provide plenty of opportunities to interact personally with members of the university, the new president and first lady, and their guests.
It’s recommended that those attending dress in business or business casual attire. Think, “What do most people wear to work?” For women, that could mean skirt suits or pant suits. A sweater and blouse also fit the profile. For men, sports jackets and ties are acceptable. So is an open-collar golf shirt and khakis.
If you’re traveling from out of town, there are a number of routes leading to SVSU, which is centrally located among the communities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. The best options for traveling to the campus are detailed on SVSU’s website here: http://www.svsu.edu/visit/directionstosvsu/.
It’s recommended investiture attendees park in SVSU’s J, J1 and J2 parking lots, located in front of the buildings where many of the day’s events are planned. The simplest way to find these parking lots involves entering the campus via the main entrance on Bay Road (M-84), the lone entryway featuring a traffic light. Visitors should follow that first campus road, called College Drive West, until they arrive at the first stop sign. That is the University Drive intersection. Turn right at the stop sign, and the lots are located immediately to the right, alongside University Drive.
Let’s turn to the book, “Etiquette and Protocol: A Guide for Campus Events” to distinguish these terms.
The text states an "inauguration" refers to the entire series of events planned in celebration of the installation of a new president.
An "investiture” refers to a formal bestowal, confirmation or presentation of rank. In SVSU’s case, all of the events happening inside the Malcolm Field Theatre that day are considered the “investiture.”
There’s no set time yet for how long the program will last. SVSU’s last investiture in 1989 spanned a little more than an hour. We expect the June 22 event to be similar.
The ceremony planned June 22 will open with performances from both a bagpiper and brass quintet, followed by a processional led by longtime SVSU English Professor Basil Clark as marshal.
Provost Deborah Huntley, the master of ceremonies, will give an introduction, followed by an invocation from Imam Achmat Salie, program director of Islamic studies at University of Detroit Mercy. Then representatives from state and federal government, fellow higher education institutions, as well as SVSU faculty, staff and alumni, will offer salutations.
After a musical interlude from the SVSU Concert Choir and the Cardinal Singers, SVSU Board of Control Chairman Jeff Martin will preside over Bachand’s formal installation. This will include the ceremonial presentation of the presidential medallion.
Bachand then will offer his inaugural address. This tradition offers the new president the chance to introduce himself to the community and outline a vision for the university’s future.
The benediction will be given by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
He was. He has served as president since February 17.
A number of factors typically contribute to the months-long gap between the time a university president begins work and is installed ceremoniously. An occasion this important and a party this big can take time to plan, after all.
The school calendar also plays a factor. Scheduling the ceremony too near other events such as commencement or spring break can affect attendance.
An investiture is an important event for an institution and, as such, many people with demanding schedules often are invited to attend. This means scheduling the ceremony with little notice would make accepting an invitation more difficult.
SVSU, after all, hopes to share this moment with its friends, both near and far.