FVSU to celebrate the inauguration of its ninth president



March 3, 2014 –Fort Valley State University’s ninth president, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, assumed the helm of the institution nine months ago in July 2013. Since then, Dr. Griffith has instituted a whirlwind of changes designed to encourage scholastic excellence on campus and students’ continued intellectual growth.

Next month, the campus and the University System of Georgia will officially celebrate President Griffith’s official inauguration as chief Wildcat during an Investiture Ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, April 11 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

Preceding the inauguration, university officials have planned an entire week filled with events that illustrate dreaming and doing in scholarship and professional pursuits. Highlights of the week will include a John W. Davison Lecture Series on the Cultural Celebration of Excellence Engagement in Founders Hall, featuring Babacar M’Bow, chief curator at the Florida Africana Studies Consortium in Miami, Fla.

The celebration ends with a soccer exhibition by FVSU’s new intramural soccer team.

For more information, contact FVSU’s Office of Marketing and Communications at (478) 825-6319 or visit www.fvsu.edu/inauguration.

Sunday, April 6

Ecumenical Service
9 -11 a.m. • Founders Hall Auditorium

Gospel Concert
5 – 7 p.m. • C. W. Pettigrew Center
(Reception Immediately Following Concert)


Monday, April 7

Day of Reading and Reflection


Tuesday, April 8

John W. Davison Lecture Series
Cultural Celebration of Excellence Engagement
5 – 7 p.m. • Founders Hall
(Weeklong Art Exhibition in Huntington Hall Gallery)


Wednesday, April 9

Inaugural “Dreaming and Doing” Lunch Gathering and Spirit Day
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Lottie M. Lyons Student Center


Thursday, April 10

Inaugural Day of Community Service
Join members of the FVSU community in volunteering one hour of service in honor of
President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s inauguration.

Community Forum:
“Engaging Students in the 21st Century to meet the Global Demands”
5 – 7 p.m. • Peach County High School
900 Campus Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030


Friday, April 11

Investiture Ceremony
10 a.m. • Health and Physical Education Complex
(Processional Begins at 9 a.m.)
(Reception Immediately Following Ceremony)

Campus Tours
1 – 3 p.m.
(Beginning at the Health and Physical Education Complex)

Inaugural Gala
7 – 9 p.m. • Health and Physical Education Complex
Formal Attire


Saturday, April 12

Soccer Exhibition
Noon • FVSU Wildcat Stadium

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