Investiture Ceremony-Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh - Carnegie Mellon University

Investiture Ceremony


Dr. Suresh smiling
Dr. Subra Suresh
Dr. Eric Schmidt
Dr. Eric Schmidt
Patina Miller
Patina Miller

The investiture of Dr. Subra Suresh as ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University took place on Friday, November 15.

Delegates from U.S. and international universities joined Carnegie Mellon faculty, trustees and members of the university community in procession at this historic academic ceremony to mark an important leadership transition.

Along with the inaugural address by Dr. Suresh, the event included a keynote speech by former university trustee and Google executive chairman, Dr. Eric Schmidt, and a performance by Tony Award winner and alumna Patina Miller. Representatives from across the university also participated in the ceremony.

Jim Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English, read his poem, "Rivers."

View the investiture program for additional ceremony details (pdf) »


About the Academic Traditions

Ceremonial mace
Ceremonial mace

Academic tradition dictates that a procession for a ceremony such as this investiture may be led by a university official bearing a mace or staff.

At Carnegie Mellon, the faculty marshal begins the procession and declares the start of the ceremony while carrying a silver mace. The Carnegie mace is surmounted with a thistle (pictured on right), a flowering plant, symbolic of Andrew Carnegie's Scottish origin.

Other components of this ceremony include the regalia of the participating faculty and students, a colorful relic of medieval scholastic tradition.