Investiture is a cherished academic tradition in St. Joseph's University, New York as it is considered a night of commitment and celebration.
Clad in academic attire, first-year students who enter the University in the fall formally assemble as Golden Eagles for the first time. As a unified body, the students commit themselves to the values and spirit of St. Joseph's University by taking the “Academic Integrity Pledge.”
During the ceremony, the administration, faculty, and staff affirm the first-year students in pledging to educate and support them by joining them in the recitation of the “Academic Integrity Pledge.” Investiture is unique in that it is the first formal, academic event of the year for the incoming class. It also provides a venue through which the expectations and ideals fostered by the University are clearly manifested while investing the class as formal members of the University community. Being invested also encourages new students to continue in the process of their transition from high school to college.
Investiture is impressive in that the members of the University community are robed in academic attire and enthusiastically participate in the ceremony as well as meet informally with students and their guests upon conclusion of the ceremony.