The Montclair State University administration is inviting all students and faculty to attend the traditional presidential investiture to celebrate and acknowledge president Jonathan Koppell on his first year at the institution.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Amphitheater, starting at noon. Students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of events including a campus festival, the formal investiture ceremony and a campus-wide reception after the celebration.
Darielly Suriel, a sophomore history major, shared why she thinks it is important for students to attend this event.
“I think it is important for students to attend because he is the president of our university and we should know what he has to say and what his values are,” Suriel said. “As far as canceling classes, I think every student can agree that a day off from class is never something we will complain about but the way it messed up our schedule is pretty inconvenient.”
Alysia Stephens, a senior business administration major, said it is significant to honor President Koppell on this day.
“I feel it is important [because Koppell] is new to the school and I guess it’s just a day to honor and officiate him,” Stephens said. “It’s also a day for us [students] to take a break after a full week of classes.”
Vielka Rodriguez, a graduate finance student, shared a different thought and said it is not necessary to cancel class to host this event.
“I believe it is important to celebrate with [Koppell] and congratulate him on his first year with us at [Montclair State] but canceling classes for this, I don’t think is worth it,” Rodriguez said.
University spokesperson Andrew Mees said the presidential investiture is an iconic moment for the university to celebrate its evolution and embrace its mission.
“This is a moment rich in tradition celebrating all that makes [Montclair State] special; its evolution from a normal school to a public research university, its commitment to affordable, high-quality education for all and a dedication to serving the public good,” Mees said.
Mees further explained the ceremony is a great opportunity for the Montclair State community.
“It’s also an opportunity to look to the future and come together to begin an exciting new era,” Mees said. “The investiture will bring together all elements of the campus community to celebrate our shared mission of ensuring student success and belonging while making a difference in the world. Our students are the reason we exist and [Koppell] is looking forward to celebrating this very special day with them.”