Investiture Letter


June 2015

Dear New Student:

On behalf of the entire St. Joseph’s College community, I am writing to invite you to attend our Investiture Ceremony to be held on Thursday, September 3, at 6 p.m. in The Hill Center.

This important ceremony marks the beginning of your education at St. Joseph’s College. In our society, we use rituals to signal the significance of important moments. Entering college is such a moment. At this academic event, we symbolize the beginning of your education at St. Joseph’s College by investing, or clothing, all members of the Class of 2019 and new transfer students in the traditional academic cap and gown. You may ask why you are wearing graduation regalia at the beginning of your education? The answer is easy: it signifies the potential we believe each and every one of you possesses. The faculty and administration of the College will join me on September 3 to welcome you formally into our academic community.

Caps and gowns are worn for Investiture, and the cost of purchasing the cap and gown is included in the orientation fee, which is part of your bill. You will be able to pick up the cap and gown at Orientation on August 27. You may keep this academic attire and use it again at the time of your graduation from college.

All members of the Class of 2019 and new transfer students are required to be present at this important ceremony to celebrate your formal induction into the academic community of St. Joseph’s College. In August, your family will receive an invitation to a reception, which will be held prior to the Investiture Ceremony. We hope that they can join us if their schedules permit.

If you have any questions, please email my assistant, Gail Moran (, or call her at 718.940.5858. We are looking forward to seeing you for the fall 2015 semester.



Jill Rehmann Ph.D.
Academic Dean