POSTPONED: The Investiture of Ted Carter
Friends and Supporters of the University of Nebraska:
We regret to inform you that the presidential investiture ceremony of Ted Carter—previously scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 17, 2020—has been postponed. In the face of growing concerns around COVID-19 and in the interest of the health and safety of our campus community, we felt this was the best decision to make. We want to keep the focus on our students, our most important priority during these challenging times.
The postponement also falls in line with recent guidance on public gatherings and events from Governor Ricketts and the U.S. federal government.
Given current circumstances, we have not selected a new date for the investiture. Please watch for additional communications once we are able to reschedule the ceremony.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Presidential Investiture Planning Committee
What is an Investiture?
An investiture is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office.” It is held during the new president’s first year in office, or at the conclusion of the first year. It is an academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today, universities view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.
The installation of a new president is a ceremony of dignity with many academic traditions and protocols. It includes an academic procession of delegates from other colleges and universities as well as the institution’s own faculty. Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institution. Interspersed with musical selections, the event includes greetings from members of the university and higher education community and government leaders.
About President Carter
On January 1, 2020, Ted Carter became the eighth president of the University of Nebraska. Carter has spent nearly 40 years leading young Americans and is passionate about the power of education.
He began as a naval flight officer and trained flight officers as a flight instructor at Top Gun, rising to commander, rear admiral and vice admiral before leading the U.S. Naval War College. He most recently served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he oversaw 1,500 faculty and staff and prepared 4,400 students to become officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Carter earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and received further education from the Naval Nuclear Power School. He and his wife, Lynda, are the parents of a son, Christopher, and daughter, Brittany.