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Investiture of Richard Lariviere: 16th President of the University of Oregon

 

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On 21 May, 2010 , the University and Eugene community members celebrated Richard Lariviere’s Investiture as the University’s 16th president, where Lariviere confirmed his commitment to University transparency and argued for his controversial funding plan during his speech.


The ancient ceremony, which requires professors and other officiators to wear full academic regalia, was held to honor Lariviere’s installment as president of the University. Investiture ceremonies stand as a formal ceremony to transfer symbols and authority associated with a high office from one person to another.


The ceremony featured several speakers, and members of the Klamath tribe’s Mid-Nite Travelerz performed an “honor song” and a “leader song” during the event.


Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner opened the ceremony, which took place on the Memorial Quad in front of the Knight Library. Pernsteiner spoke to the crowd about how presidential power is symbolized through two items: the University medallion and the ASUO president. Outgoing ASUO President Emma Kallaway said Lariviere, who became the University’s president after Dave Frohnmayer in July 2009, has already made a difference on campus. She described how Lariviere does his best to listen to students, faculty members and other staff members at the University.


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