Installation of Teachers College 11th President, Thomas Bailey
Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
[between 120th and 122nd streets]
New York, NY 10027
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Installation of Tom Bailey

Members of the Teachers College community, government and community leaders, delegates from universities across the country and around the world, and other colleagues and friends will gather together to welcome the new president at this historic ceremony.

9:30 -10:00 a.m.

Academic Procession Formation
Delegates from other universities, Teachers College Student Senate, faculty, Alumni Council, Trustees and speakers participating in the academic procession should gather for procession formation in the South Hall at Riverside Church. Please enter Riverside Church at the processors entrance on Riverside Drive Street between 120th and 122nd streets.

10:00 a.m.

Guest arrival time
Please enter Riverside Church through the main entrance on Riverside Drive.
Guests are asked to be in their seats no later than 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Academic Procession Begins

Grand Marshals

Carol Ewing Garber
Professor and Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Studies
Isaac Radello Freeman
Lead Postal Clerk, Business Services Center


Student Senate

Accompanied by honorary marshals

David P. Estrella M.A. ‘99
Deputy Director, Office of Student Affairs


Alumni Council

Accompanied by honorary marshals

Patricia Mito Gibson, Ed.D. ‘18
Interim Director, Office of International Services
Juan Carlos Reyes, M.A. ‘13
Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Community Affairs


Delegates from Educational Institutions, Associations and Learned Societies

Accompanied by honorary marshals

Frederick Awity
Officer, Office of Public Safety
Richard M. Keller, Ph.D. ‘04
Director, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities



Accompanied by honorary marshals

Angel Pagan
Lead HVAC Engineer, Office of Facilities Management
Melissa Rooker
Executive Director for Equity, Vice President’s Office of Diversity & Community Affairs


President’s Party

Accompanied by honorary marshals

Janice Robinson, M.E. ‘76
Vice President, Vice President’s Office of Diversity & Community Affairs
Nicole Siniscalchi, M.A. ‘10
Assistant Director of Admission and Special Scholarship Coordinator, Office of Admission

The Grand Marshals and Honorary Marshals are members of President’s Committee for Community & Diversity.

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Rhea Francani, M.A. ‘15
Music & Music Education, Department of Arts & Humanities
Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
Associate Professor of English Education

William D. Rueckert
William D. Rueckert
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Representing Teachers College Board of Trustees

Eduardo Marti
Eduardo J. Marti
Teachers College Board of Trustees


Representing Members of the Teachers College Staff

Gard Lord
Gary A. Lord
Lieutenant, Office of Public Safety


Representing Members of the Teachers College Staff

Sonya Jones
Sonya Jones
IT Communications Coordinator, Department of Telecommunications


Representing Teachers College Students

Chloe Dawson
Chloe Dawson, M.Ed. '17
President, Student Senate
doctoral candidate


Representing the Teachers College Faculty

James Borland
James Borland
Professor of Education


Representing Teachers College Alumni

Marion Boultbee
Marion Boultbee, Ed.D. '96
President, Alumni Council
Belinda Miles
Belinda S. Miles
President, Westchester Community College

Piano Quintet in A Major, Franz Schubert

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Katy Ho, M.E. ‘16

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Jihea Hong-Park

Eloy Oakley
Eloy Oakley
Chancellor, California Community Colleges
Lee Bollinger
Lee Bollinger
President, Columbia University
Judith Scott-Clayton
Judith Scott-Clayton
Associate Professor of Economics and Education
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
William D. Rueckert
William D. Rueckert
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Leslie M. Nelson
Leslie Morse Nelson
Teachers College Board of Trustees
Thomas Bailey
Thomas Bailey
President, Teachers College
William D. Rueckert
William D. Rueckert
Chair of the Board of Trustees

1:00 p.m.

Program Concludes
Lunch Reception in the South Hall

Academic Attire

President Thomas Bailey, members of the Board of Trustees, Student Senate, Alumni Council, honorary marshals and alumni of Teachers College or Columbia University (including faculty and delegates) wear a Columbia blue robe with appropriate hood (masters or doctoral only).

Delegates from other institutions are asked to supply their own attire.

Academic Costume Code


Gowns recommended for use in the colleges and universities of this country have the following characteristics. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degree has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The gown is so designed and supplied with fasteners that it may be worn open or closed. The gown for the doctor's degree has bell-shaped sleeves. It is so designed and supplied with fasteners that it may be worn open or closed.


Gowns for the bachelor's or master's degrees are untrimmed. For the doctor's degree, the gown is faced down the front with black velvet; three bars of velvet are used across the sleeves, four bars for the President. These facings and crossbars may be of velvet of the color distinctive of the disciplines to which the degree pertains, thus agreeing in color with the binding or edging of the hood appropriate to the particular doctor's degree in every instance.

For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctors' gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of caps, the colors associated with the different disciplines are as follows:

Agriculture Maize
Arts, Letters, Humanities White
Commerce, Accountancy, Business Drab
Dentistry Lilac
Economics Copper
Education Light Blue
Engineering Orange
Fine Arts, including Architecture Brown
Forestry Russet
Journalism Crimson
Law Purple
Library Science Lemon
Medicine Green
Music Pink
Nursing Apricot
Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray
Pharmacy Olive Green
Philosophy Dark Blue
Physical Education Sage Green
Public Administration, including Foreign Service Peacock Blue
Public Health Salmon Pink
Science Golden Yellow
Social Work Citron
Theology Scarlet
Veterinary Science Gray
A History of Academic Regalia: A Timeline

From Visually.

Historical Overview of the Academic Costume Code

The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric. With few exceptions, the medieval scholar had taken at least minor orders, made certain vows, and perhaps been tonsured. Long gowns were worn and may have been necessary for warmth in unheated buildings. Hoods seem to have served to cover the tonsured head until superseded for that purpose by the skull cap.

A statute of the University of Coimbra in 1321 required that all "Doctors, Licentiates, and Bachelors" wear gowns. In England, in the second half of the 14th century, the statutes of certain colleges forbade "excess in apparel" and prescribed the wearing of a long gown. In the days of Henry VIII of England, Oxford and Cambridge first began prescribing a definite academic dress and made it a matter of university control even to the extent of its minor details.

The assignment of colors to signify certain faculties was to be a much later development, and one which was to be standardized only in the United States in the late 19th century. White taken from the white fur trimming of the Oxford and Cambridge B.A. hoods, was assigned to arts and letters. Red, one of the traditional colors of the church, went to theology. Green, the color of medieval herbs, was adopted for medicine, and olive, because it was so close to green, was given to pharmacy. Golden yellow, standing for the wealth which scientific research has produced, was assigned to the sciences.

European institutions have always had great diversity in their specifications of academic dress and this has been a source of confusion. In contrast, American colleges and universities opted for a definite system that all might follow. A significant contribution to the development of this system was made by Gardner Cotrell Leonard of Albany, New York. Mr. Leonard designed gowns for his class at Williams College in 1887 and had them made by Cotrell and Leonard, a firm established by his family in Albany, New York. He was greatly interested in the subject and following the publication of an article by him on academic dress in 1893, he was invited to work with an Intercollegiate Commission made up of representatives of leading institutions to establish a suitable system of academic apparel.

The Commission met at Columbia University in 1895 and adopted a code of academic dress, which besides regulating the cut and style and materials of the gowns, prescribed the colors which were to represent the different fields of learning.

In 1932 the American Council on Education authorized the appointment of a committee "to determine whether revision and completion of the academic code adopted by the conference of the colleges and universities in 1895 is desirable at this time, and, if so, to draft a revised code and present a plan for submitting the code to the consideration of the institutional members of the Council."

The committee reviewed the situation through correspondence and conference and approved a code for academic costumes that has been in effect since that year. A Committee on Academic Costumes and Ceremonies, appointed by the American Council on Education in 1959, again reviewed the costume code and made several changes.

In 1986, the committee updated the code and added a sentence clarifying the use of the color dark blue for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

by Eugene Sullivan, American Council on Education, reprinted with permission from American Universities and Colleges, 15th Edition, ©1997 Walter de Gruyter, Inc.

The Chain of Office

The tradition of a chain of office dates back to the Middle Ages, when town mayors were given chains that symbolized communal harmony. In Medieval times, the tradition was carried over to the university, where the chief official was similarly honored  with a chain of office. The Teachers College Chain of Office was commissioned and presented to the College by former Trustee Elihu Rose. It was designed and created by Kurt J. Matzdorf of New Paltz, New York.

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