The Investiture Ceremony


The Order of Academic Procession

Grand Marshall

The Faculty of California State University, Fresno

The Delegates of American Colleges and Universities

The President’s Platform Party


The Order of Exercises


The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Thomas Loewenheim

Presentation of Colors

The Fresno State Army ROTC

Processional and Fanfare

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

The audience is asked to remain seated during the academic procession.

Master of Ceremonies – Welcome

Graciela Moreno
ABC-30 Action News

Tribal Blessing


Reverend Paul Binion
Fresno Westside Church of God

Salute Flag

Lead by ROTC member

National Anthem

Vocalist: Aaron Burdick

Fresno State Graduate Assistant who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Vocal Performance


On behalf of the California State University Board of Trustees

On behalf of the California State University Presidents

J. Michael Ortiz
President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

On behalf of the Students

Moses Menchaca ′15
President, Associated Students, Inc. 

On behalf of the Faculty

Lynn Williams
Chair, Academic Senate

On behalf of the Staff

Grace Liu
Chair, Staff Assembly

On behalf of the Alumni

Clyde Ford ′80, ′84
President, Fresno State Alumni Association

On behalf of the Foundation

Ray Steele ′68
Chair, Fresno State Foundation Board of Governors

Poetry Reading

Glady [s6] Ruiz ′14
“Our Valley” by Philip Levine, 2011-12 United States Poet Laureate

Keynote Address

A. Eugene Washington
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Musical Interlude

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

Investiture of Joseph I. Castro as President

Timothy P. White, ′70
Chancellor, The California State University

Presentation of the Medallion

Chancellor Timothy P. White and
CSU Trustees Hugo Morales

President’s Address

Joseph I. Castro
President, California State University, Fresno

Closing Remarks

Graciela Moreno

Alma Mater

Aaron Burdick


Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

The audience is asked to remain seated for the recessional.

Everyone is invited to join Dr. and Mrs. Castro, their family and friends and the university’s special guests at a community picnic on the front lawn of the Save Mart Center immediately following the ceremony. Performance by the Fresno State Bulldog Beat, directed by Dr. Gary Gilroy.