Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
September 24, 2004
President Gonzalez to be inaugurated Oct.
A convocation has been called for noon to 3 p.m., Monday,
Oct. 4 for the inauguration of President Alexander Gonzalez.
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Theatre. A reception will follow.
During a convocation, classes may be cancelled at the discretion of faculty
members. Even if classes are not dismissed, students will not be penalized for
attending the convocation. University staff are encouraged to attend the convocation
with the permission of their supervisors.
The campus celebration in honor of Gonzalez’ induction as the 11th president
of California State University, Sacramento will be rich with tradition and pageantry.
After the campus carillon in the University Union rings to call the campus together,
a procession of Sacramento State current and emeriti faculty, dressed in academic
regalia, will begin filing into the Outdoor Theatre. They will be followed by
dozens of elected officials, community leaders and representatives from educational
institutions throughout the state including more than a dozen university and
community college presidents. The final group, which will include members of
the CSU Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, will escort President
Gonzalez to the ceremony.
Cristy Jensen, chair of the faculty senate will preside over the formal investiture
ceremony which will feature a musical performance on the Mexican harp by President
Gonzalez’ brother Francisco, an introduction by author and Fresno State
Associate Dean Robert Levine, and greetings from the University’s four
core constituencies—students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community.
After Chancellor Reed and Board of Trustees Chair Murray Galison formally invest
President Gonzalez with the responsibilities of the office, they will present
him with the presidential medallion to be worn during all academic ceremonies.
The California State University, Sacramento medallion is fashioned in the University’s
founding colors–green to represent the foothills and trees, and gold representing
discovery. Links in the chain are inscribed with the term of each one of the
University’s previous presidents.
Gonzalez will then offer his vision for the how the people of Sacramento can
help the campus realize its destiny in his inaugural address, “Reaching
Our Potential: Destination 2010.”
The academic regalia and other symbols at presidential inauguration ceremonies
can be traced to medieval institutions of higher learning. The part these traditions
play in the modern inaugural reflects the continuity and standing of higher
education in American culture.
This event will mark the first appearance of the University’s mace, a
new symbol for Sacramento State that will be part of all future University commencements
and other formal academic celebrations. The mace is a time-honored representation
of a university president’s authority to confer degrees. It is carried
by the University Marshall who is also the chair of the Faculty Senate.
This new mace was carved from native black walnut. The head is adorned with
four gold renderings of the University seal to represent the University’s
four core constituencies. The seal pays tribute to the University’s status
as California’s Capital University by replicating the State of California
seal surrounded by a fluted band featuring the name of the campus.