Investiture Ceremony Replay
Downloadable Investiture Program
LSU’s Presidential Investiture Ceremony took place on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at the Union Theatre on the LSU campus to formally install William F. Tate IV as the new president of LSU.
In honor of the investiture of LSU President William F. Tate IV, we invite you to join our vision for the future: Scholarship First. To welcome LSU's 28th president, please consider making a gift to the LSU Fund in support of outstanding research, teaching, and learning.
William F. Tate IV was named the next LSU president during the May 2021 LSU Board of Supervisors meeting. Previously, Tate was Education Foundation Distinguished Professor and Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina.
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During commencement ceremonies, bachelor’s and doctoral candidates wear purple academic gowns, while master’s candidates wear black. The LSU logo is embroidered on the lapels of all bachelor’s and master’s gowns, while lapels on doctoral gowns are embroidered with the LSU seal. The doctoral gown is trimmed with purple velvet. Except for those students graduating with college honors, hoods are not worn by candidates for bachelor’s degrees. For the master’s and doctoral degrees, hoods are the same color and material as the gown and lined with purple and gold. Both the master’s and doctoral hoods have a velvet binding. Caps are the same color and material as the gown. The tassel fastened to the cap may be black or purple and gold for the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.