Hundreds of blue-and-white ribbons danced in the air above the rows of red velvet seats in the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric as Kurt L. Schmoke accepted the medallion commemorating his role as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president at his April 14 investiture. Audience members—including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community members, government officials and Schmoke’s friends and family—waved the ribbons above their heads as Eubie, the University’s mascot, led the colorful frenzy from the stage.
“I’m constantly hearing that UB is a hidden jewel in the crown of the University System of Maryland,” Schmoke said. “But with all due respect, we intend to be hidden no longer. We want everyone to know who we are and why UB is so valuable.” The investiture—an ancient academic tradition steeped in pageantry in which the president is vested with the garments and ornaments signifying the authority of his role—took a more informal turn, celebrating the University’s progress and its focus on the future. The event revolved around a theme of UB’s investment in people, community, knowledge, progress, risk-taking and possibilities and expounded on what defines UB as an institution.
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