Investiture 2017

The Investiture of Dianna G. Phillips, Ph.D.
Harford Community College's ninth President.

See: Press Release, May 22, 2017

What is an Investiture?

Defined as “a formal ceremony conferring the authority and symbols of high office,” an investiture is traditionally held during a new president’s first year in office and provides the community with an opportunity to celebrate and welcome a new era in the life of the College.

The investiture ceremony of Dr. Dianna G. Phillips will be one of dignity, protocol, and academic tradition. Attendees can expect an academic procession of Harford faculty and administration as well as delegates from other Maryland colleges, musical selections, and greetings from dignitaries, friends, and members of the College community. During the investiture, the Chain of Succession (shown above) will be passed to Dr. Phillips as a symbol of her temporary embodiment of power, authority, and autonomy vested by the College and solidifies her place in the chain with those who served before her.


The College will host a reception immediately after the Investiture Ceremony. All guests are invited to join in the celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Delegates from higher education institutions will provide their own regalia.
  • Faculty, Administration and Staff who need regalia must coordinate with Linda Fife.
  • You must wear regalia to process in the Investiture ceremony.
  • Guests may begin arriving at 1:00 p.m.
  • Guest park in C, T, and S Lots.
  • Harford Community College is a smoke and tobacco free environment. The use of any type of tobacco product, smoking device or equipment, or any item that simulates smoking (i.e., e-cigarettes, vaping) is prohibited in the APGFCU Arena.
  • Phones and electronic devices must be silenced during the ceremony.

Guests with Disabilities

  • For easy access, guests with disabilities should use Entrance 1 and park in front of the Arena.
  • Designated parking for vehicles bearing valid Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) disability parking placards or license plates is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Sign language interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be present.
  • Service animals are welcome in the Arena, must remain with the guest, and must not block aisles.
  • Disability-related questions may be directed to Disability Support Services at 443-412-2402.

From South Of Campus (Baltimore/Washington)

  • Take Interstate 95-North to Exit 80 Churchville (Route 543). 

  • Travel North toward Churchville for approximately 6 miles to the traffic light at the intersection of Route 543 and Route 22.

  • Turn right on Route 22 to the light at Thomas Run Road. 

  • Turn left on Thomas Run Road. 

  • The College campus is on the right.

From North of Campus (Elkton/Wilmington/New York)

  • Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 85 Aberdeen (Highway 22 West).

  • Travel Route 22 West to the light at Thomas Run Road.

  • Turn right onto Thomas Run Road.

  • The College campus is on the right.

Questions regarding the investiture or reception should be directed to


Please join us in celebrating this special time in the College’s history by leaving a congratulatory note in the guestbook (below) for Dr. Phillips. All congratulatory messages will be compiled into a commemorative album following the investiture.

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