William A. Covino was invested as
Cal State L.A.’s seventh president on
May 9, 2014. “Engagement, Service, and the Public Good” was the theme of the ceremony at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, which marked the formal installation of Covino as president.

Investiture, a practice rooted in the Middle Ages, is a formal ceremony at which honors or rank are conferred on an authority. Delegates from other academic institutions marched in the inaugural procession with Cal State L.A.’s own esteemed faculty, dressed in full regalia. The ceremony was comprised of a formal induction and an address by Covino.

But the investiture was more than just a formal installation of the new president. It was an opportunity for the entire campus community to participate in long-standing academic traditions while ushering in a new era in the university’s history. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members attended multiple events throughout Investiture Week that celebrated the university’s engagement with the community while defining new aspirations for Cal State L.A.’s future as a great university in a great city.