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Investing in a New Vision The Presidential Investiture of Ava L. Parker, J.D. Fifth President of Palm Beach State College

Presidential Investiture

Thursday, March 2, 2017  |  Four o’clock in the afternoon
Watson B. Duncan III Theatre
Palm Beach State College  |  Lake Worth Campus
4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth
Reception immediately following the ceremony
in the Campus Commons

The Investiture Ceremony

Rich in tradition and protocol, an investiture is an academic ceremony that has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge for centuries. It is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office.” In addition to this historic purpose, today’s colleges and universities view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era in the life of the institution and to celebrate as a community.

A presidential investiture includes an academic procession of the institution’s own faculty as well as delegates from other colleges and universities. Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institutions. Interspersed with musical interludes, the event includes greetings from members of the college, the higher education community and government leaders.

Investiture Photo Album

Investiture Week Video Recap




Investiture Week Events
Saturday, Feb. 25
College-wide Student Day of Service
Feeding South Florida  |  4925 Park Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach
Monday, Feb. 27
Campus Presidential Celebration
Palm Beach Gardens campus  |  Meldon Hall  |  11:00 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27
Ice Cream Social
Lake Worth campus
MLK Plaza, 12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Campus Commons, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  |  CBP Courtyard, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Dr. Dennis P. Gallon Campus at Loxahatchee Groves  |  4:00 p.m.  | Ceremony program

Wednesday, March 1

Visionary Women of Today
Panel Discussion & Continental Breakfast
Boca Raton campus  |  Lecture Hall HT103  |  8:30-10:30 a.m.

Top women leaders share their stories and vision for Palm Beach County.

Arlene Herson
Cable TV Producer/Host, The Arlene Herson Show

Verdenia C. Baker
Palm Beach County Administrator

Dr. Laurie George
President and CEO, United Way of Palm Beach County

Kelly Smallridge
President and CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

Dr. Lisa Williams-Taylor
CEO, Children’s Services Council, Palm Beach County

Special remarks by Ava L. Parker, J.D., PBSC President

Thursday, March 2
Spirit Day
Lake Worth campus  |  Intramurals Field  |  11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2
Presidential Investiture
Lake Worth campus  |  4:00 p.m.


Investiture Committee


Yvonne Boice, Foundation Board of Directors

Carolyn L. Williams, District Board of Trustees

Erin McColskey, Retired PBSC Executive

President Ava Parker in regalia


Mark Alexander

Alexis Forbes

Suellen Mann

Rachael Ondrus

John Scarpino

Dr. Maria Vallejo

Dr. Peter Barbatis

Mareta Iosia-Sizemore

Roz McFarlane McCalla

Carrie Pasquale

Dr. Grace Truman

Dr. Jean Wihbey

Dr. Holly Bennett

Scott Maclachlan

Kari McCormick

Dr. Bernadette Russell

Sal Vacirca

Teresa Woolfe

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