Investiture will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady. Marking a significant event in the life of a scholar, it commemorates the advanced academic standing of members of the junior class by dressing the students in the scholar’s garb for the first time. Juniors process to the Chapel in academic gowns and receive their caps from faculty members.
“Investiture is a beautiful tradition of acknowledging our juniors for their hard work during their first two years at USJ. Now, entering their third year, they continue the hard work having clearly chosen their specific field of study,” said Lynnette Colón, Campus Ministry Director. “Investiture is an opportunity for the juniors to publicly and spiritually make this statement of selection and commitment to the USJ Mercy mission and core values. It comes full circle having the faculty, family, and friends be witnesses of this moment.”
The University first celebrated Investiture in 1934 in a ceremony that coincided with the Feast of the Presentation. Following Mass, juniors recited the “Catholic Students Prayer” and received Communion. Although the ceremony has changed over the years, the intent remains the same: Investiture provides an opportunity for the University community to recognize the academic advancement of the junior class and to ask for God’s continued blessing.
“Investiture is a unique ceremony special to USJ, which allows students to be welcomed into their desired major. It is a milestone for those who have worked so hard and come almost halfway to graduation. Investiture is an important day for juniors because it is a little reward for how far they have come, making nighttime coffee runs and sleepless nights worthwhile,” said Isabella Russo ’19, Junior Class President.
During Investiture, Russo will be joined by her fellow Class of 2019 officers: Secretary Danielle Hall ’19 and Treasurer Ashley Savino ’19.