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Presidential Inauguration

The inauguration of Geraldine M. Jones as president of California University of Pennsylvania will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

Theme for the celebration is Honoring Tradition, Rising to the Future.

The centerpiece of Inauguration Day will be a formal ceremony installing Ms. Jones as California's seventh president. The investiture will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Guests are asked to be seated no later than 1:45 p.m.

Special guests include the Chancellor and other officials from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, delegates from State System universities and other institutions, California University trustees, Cal U faculty members, elected officials, and other dignitaries. 

Attend the investiture ceremony

All Cal U students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of California University are invited to attend the investiture ceremony, followed by a reception in the Natali Student Center.

An RSVP is required of all attendees, so everyone can be accommodated. 

  • Register online no later than Oct. 7, 2016, to attend the investiture ceremony and reception. RSVP for guests (students, faculty, staff, alumni, community)
  • Delegates must register by Sept. 23, 2016; those responding after this deadline cannot be guaranteed inclusion in the investiture ceremony program. RSVP for delegates only
  • Special guests (other than delegates) who have been invited to attend a buffet luncheon should RSVP no later than Sept. 30, 2016 to Mrs. Joy Folmar in the President’s Office at

See the Inauguration Day schedule

Get maps and directions or find lodgings near campus

About President Jones

Geraldine M. Jones was named president of California University of Pennsylvania on April 7, 2016.

A proud California alumna, she led the University for nearly four years, first as acting president and then as interim president, before being appointed University President by the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Read a biography of President Jones

Download an official portrait 

Download a program

Other inaugural events

A weeklong series of inaugural events celebrates the academic diversity and intellectual engagement of our faculty, staff, students and community. The public is welcome to attend these free presentations.

See the schedule of inaugural events 

Citations and congratulations

Institutions and individuals are invited to submit congratulatory letters or citations to President Jones. Congratulatory items can be sent to:

Mrs. Joy Folmar, Office of the President
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Faculty, staff, alumni, students, community members and friends are invited to send their best wishes to President Jones. Submissions will be compiled for her review and may appear in Cal U communications. Congratulate President Jones

Inauguration sponsors

We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following organizations for their generous contributions to this special, celebratory event for the University:

  • AVI Foodsystems, Inc.
  • Allegheny Image Factory
  • Follett
  • Flowers by Regina
  • Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania
  • Herff Jones

To become an inauguration sponsor, contact Tony Mauro, associate vice president for Development and University Relations, at or 724-938-5766. 

Inauguration planning committee

The presidential inauguration was organized by Larry Maggi, chair of the University’s Council of Trustees, and a committee of community members and Cal U faculty, staff and students. Their participation is gratefully acknowledged.

Meet the planning committee members