Universities hold investitures to accomplish several goals. The occasion encourages public identification and establishment of the new president in their position. It also gives the institution an opportunity to reaffirm historic commitments, to rally the academic community around the president and to heighten institutional visibility.
All faculty, staff, students and other friends of the University, as well as those who have been invited as Official Delegates and Special Guests, are welcome.
All CSUB faculty, staff, alumni and selected student groups will have the opportunity to march in the procession. In addition, delegates from other CSUs and Kern County Educational Institutions have been invited to process. An email will be going out to invite CSUB faculty, staff, alumni and selected student groups with more details.
In the spirit of campus community, CSUB will allow as many employees to attend the event as possible.  This decision will be made on a department by department determination, based on the need to be open and the final determination should be made by the appropriate administrator(s) and applicable Cabinet Officer.  Human Resources recommends that offices put a sign on their door with an expected return time and phones can roll to messages or to one particular office in the division that would be open to take messages.
If an hourly employee is scheduled or is normally scheduled to work during this time, CSUB would pay this employee their normal hours, if they attend the event.
Classes will be in session on Friday, May 3rd.  
The Investiture Ceremony is set to begin at 10:00 and will conclude within 90 minutes.

A series of Investiture events will commence on Saturday, April 27 and conclude on Friday, May 3.

No, there are no costs associated with attending any of the Investiture events.
No tickets will be required for the Investiture.

Each Investiture event will have a separate registration page, which we ask guests to RSVP by the suggested date in order to be included.

No, there is no a limit to the number of guests you can bring to the Investiture.

The registration process will give organizers a sense of numbers and help with planning.

Children are welcome to attend the Investiture festivities.
Guests should park in Lots A, B, C, D for disabled, J, K-1 thru K-3.
No parking permits are required for the Investiture.

Janice Clausen, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, is coordinating disability access. If you have specific questions or need further assistance with accommodations, please contact Janice directly. She can be reached at (661) 654-3360, or jclausen@csub.edu.

Disabled Parking

Designated disabled parking is available in Lot D, south of the Library. Cart service pick-up and drop-off is available in Lot D as well. Please show your DMV issued ‘Handicapped' Parking (blue or red permit) to parking personnel as you enter the campus. They will guide you to Lot D.


Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located near the entrance. Accessible water stations are stationed near the restrooms.


The programs will be available in large print. If you require another format, please contact Janice for assistance.

ASL Interpreters

Please notify Janice as soon as possible if you plan to utilize our ASL Interpreter. We will ensure you are seated in an accessible location with a clear view of the interpreter.

Close Captioning

The jumbo screens will show Close Captioning (CC). If you need preferential seating to view CC, please contact Janice.

Ample disabled seating is available. A wheelchair accessible riser is available for guests (plus their one attendant) who have mobility disabilities.
Business attire is recommended. The ceremony and reception will be held outdoors at the Amphitheater and Alumni Park. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking through grass.

Padre Hotel

Use the group name CSUB 2019 when reserving a room. The rates range from $149-$169 per night for the blocked rooms at the Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield.

Homewood Suites

Use the group code B19 when reserving online or on the phone.

Delegates and invited guests can park in lot C in reserved spaces and attend the President's breakfast in the Walter S. Stiern Library, Dezember Reading Room, per personal invitation.
Processional line-up will start at the Dore Theatre at 9:00 am.
All CSU Delegates and guests marching in the procession will don regalia in the Albertson Room following the President's Breakfast in the Walter S. Stiern Library, Dezember Reading Room.
There will be reserved for Investiture sponsors and those participating in the processional. All other guests, seating will be on a first come first serve basis.
The "Taste of Bakersfield" Community Reception immediately following the Investiture Ceremony will have food, beverages and entertainment from the community. There will be plenty of options available for all guests in attendance including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
Open up wireless connections on your phone and choose Investiture. This will allow you to connect to CSUB's Wireless network.

We will be livestreaming the Investiture in case you can't attend in person. Click below to watch the ceremony.

All questions can be directed to the Investiture team through this link.


Investiture Ceremony Sponsor

KSFCU: Investiture Ceremony Sponsor

Investiture Community Reception Sponsor

Dignity Health: Investiture Community Reception Sponsor
Hello humankindness

President's Private Reception Sponsor

Bynum: President's Private Reception Sponsor

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A weeklong celebration, CSUB will be conferring President Zelezny with the official powers of the office.

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