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Dr. Michael V. Drake became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014, following nine years as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, where he led the university with a focus on excellence and inclusivity. Dr. Drake is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he serves on the boards of the Association of American Universities and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2014, he was appointed secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Read Dr. Drake's full biography »
Photos from the ceremony
From receiving the presidential medallion of office to sharing his vision for the university to laughing with fellow Buckeyes, President Drake’s investiture ceremony was a special day. Take a look at some of the highlights through photos »
#InvestedOSU: A social welcome
President Drake’s investiture ceremony included lots of warm welcomes and wishes from the Ohio State community. Students, faculty, leaders, alumni and friends shared their favorite moments throughout the ceremony on social media using #InvestedOSU. Scroll through the Storify to see highlights from Twitter and Instagram »
Invested in Ohio State: Six presidential welcomes
Ohio State has been welcoming presidents for more than 100 years. Edward Orton started his tenure by delivering an inaugural address at the Ohio Statehouse in 1874, and since then, presidents have conducted their formal public welcomes in a variety of different ways. Read more about six of the institution’s more memorable welcomes »
What is an investiture?
Defined as the “act or ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office,” an investiture is an academic ceremony in which a new leader is “vested” with the official powers of office. Held during a president’s first year in office, an investiture provides an opportunity to welcome a new chapter in a university’s history and celebrate as a community.
In short: “Inauguration” refers to events planned to celebrate a new president, “installation” is the actual moment the new president assumes office and an “investiture” is the ceremony itself.
The presidential medallion of office was first worn by Ohio State President Harold Enarson. It was struck to commemorate the university’s centennial in 1970, and is bestowed on each president as a symbol of the office. It will be presented to Ohio State President Michael V. Drake during his investiture ceremony on March 31.
Welcoming our leaders
Since 1940, Ohio State has welcomed many of its presidents with ceremonial events that recognize a leader's official transition to the university’s highest office. From Bevis to Enarson to Drake, these ceremonies mark an important part of Ohio State’s presidential history.