Investiture of BC President Haile: Pomp, Circumstance – and Party
Planning a party can be exciting and fun but coordinating an event that is both celebration and solemn can be a daunting challenge all its own.
“It’s all-hands-on-deck,” said Ellice Martinez, associate vice president for Community Partnerships and Institutional Events who is part of a team coordinating the investiture of Gregory Adam Haile, Esq., as the seventh President of Broward College on Friday, March 29, 2019, 3 p.m., in Bailey Hall on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. “Everyone is so excited! We have an amazing committee of organizers made up of faculty and staff representing so many different departments,” she explained as she outlined the tasks that the team has been working on for months.
The investiture committee is charged with planning the program, organizing speakers, venue catering, entertaining, accommodating and assuring the comfort of some 800 elected officials and community leaders who will join faculty, students and staff for the ceremony. After all, it’s not every day that Broward College hosts an investiture, the last was in 2004 when Larry A. Cauldron was installed as the fifth president of the College.
“The difficulty in planning a celebration like this involves educating the public on the historical aspects and significance of the event,” said Martinez. “Of course, the event is about President Haile and what he represents, but it’s also a time to laud the history and accomplishments of Broward College.”
So, just what is an investiture? Simply put, it’s the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office” is among the oldest traditions in academia with origins dating back to “highly dignified knighthood ceremonies” in medieval times.
Although President Haile, the former counsel and vice president for Public Policy and Government Affairs at Broward College, assumed his new responsibilities in the summer, the investiture will officially mark the transference of his authority. The ceremony, scheduled for no more than two hours and to be streamed live, will include an academic procession in which participants are encouraged to wear the regalia of their college or university.
In addition to the formal installation ceremony, the excitement behind the inauguration will also be conveyed at the investiture kick-off, featuring a barbecue for students, faculty and staff with the new president, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., outdoors on North Campus. Investiture festivities conclude with an outdoor reception – requiring a 50’x 250 party tent including two air conditioning units to accommodate some 700 guests — immediately following the official launch of President Haile’s tenure. Earlier in February, Broward College students enjoyed “A Night at the Movies” with the new president and a favorite film of his, “Men of Honor,” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Robert De Niro.