Dr. Martin Lemelle, Jr. was named the eleventh President of Grambling State University on February 22, 2024. The Presidential Investiture Ceremony formally installing him in office will be held Friday, September 6, 2024, in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

What is an Investiture?

An investiture ceremony is an academic event typically held during a new president’s first year. As one of the oldest traditions in academia, originating from English universities and modeled after knighthood ceremonies, the ceremony signifies the beginning of a new chapter of leadership for a university, and it provides an opportunity for the university, guests and community to witness the formal installation of the new leader. First coined in the 14th century, the word investiture derives from the Latin phrase for dress in robe. In academic circles, this term has come to mean a leader who will represent the university’s insignia and regalia.

Academic Traditions

Academic traditions are a hallmark of higher education institutions. Regalia worn at commencement and other formal events dates back to medieval European universities. The president’s regalia and university mace are all physical symbols of the institution. 

Presidential Regalia

Presidential Regalia

The president’s gown is black with four black velvet bars on the sleeves complete with gold cording. Presidents are the only academics entitled to wear the fourth bar. Two black velvet panels are trimmed with gold cording and embroidered on each side with the university seal. The regalia is completed by a black velvet tam with a gold tassel.

Presidential Mace

University Mace

The University Mace is a special symbolic ceremonial staff of the University that is commonly emboldened with historical facts and significant dates in the life of the University and/or education and learning in general. Its presence denotes that a faculty-sanctioned assembly is in session. The mace is always found at the head of the academic procession.

schedule of events

Presidential Investiture Ceremony

Friday, September 6, 2024

9:00 a.m. 

Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center


The Investiture Gala

Friday, September 6, 2024

6:00 p.m.

Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center

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The Tiger Face Off

Grambling State University Tigers vs. Tuskegee University Golden Tigers

Saturday, September 7, 2024

Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium

Tickets available August 27

About the Venue

Assembly Center   Assembly center during commencement 

Located at Grambling State University, the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center is a premier multi-purpose arena named in honor of legendary coach Fredrick C. Hobdy. Equipped with modern amenities and seating for over 7,500 guests, the facility serves as a vibrant hub for university and regional activities. 



100 Stadium Drive

Grambling, LA 71245

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