Presidential Inauguration Slated May 5


On May 5, 2017, Cumberland County College (CCC) will induct Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez as the seventh president of our institution. The induction ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Luciano Theatre located in the Fine & Performing Arts Center located on campus.

The ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes in length. There will be several speakers in attendance, including representatives from the college, local and regional two and four-year institutions, professional colleagues, mentors, elected officials, and a keynote speaker. Dr. Salomon-Fernandez will be delivering an inaugural address.

Dr. Yves informally took office last June. As a result of that, one thought that has crept into the minds of eager learners on campus is: why hold an inauguration ceremony a whole year after you’ve been serving as president?

In a recent interview with Executive Director of Grant Development and Trustee Relations, Anne Bergamo, she stated that, “Formal inaugurations/installations are the practice in institutions of higher education across the nation. They are usually held at some time during the first 12 months of a president’s term. The ceremony signals the “official” instillation of the college’s leader.” Bergamo went on to say, “It is important to formally recognize and celebrate the College’s newest leadership administration as it begins its next 50 years.”

Presidential inaugurations are a way to formally communicate the vision, goals, and theme of the new administration. They are full of pomp and circumstance, and it is often customary for representatives from local and regional colleges and universities to join in the festive celebrations. The board of trustees will present Dr. Salomon-Fernandez with a Presidential Medallion. The medallion is worn with academic regalia at formal academic ceremonies, such as commencement. The back of the medallion is inscribed with the President’s name and the date on which she started. The front of the medallion is inscribed with the College Seal.

There will be an informal luncheon in the Conference Center Banquet Rooms directly following the ceremony.

The 50th anniversary and inaugural gala that will be held on May 6, promises to be a sophisticated event. It will be held at the Centerton Country Club, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A social hour will begin at 6:30-7:30, and from 7:30-11:00 there will be dining and dancing, with music performed by the David Christopher Orchestra. Tickets to attend the event are $150 per person. The gala will be held in celebration of the College’s seventh president being inducted, and the College’s 50th anniversary. It is anticipated to be a major scholarship fundraising event, and is being run by the College Foundation with support from the local community. Sponsorships and donor options that benefit the Cumberland County College Foundation will also be available.

Both events are being held in honor of Dr. Salomon-Fernandez, and I am sure that she will continue to propel Cumberland County College, and the community at large, into reaching its highest potential.

For more information regarding the gala, contact Alice Woods at 856-691-8600 ex. 1390 or

Since CCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary, here are a few fun facts from 1967—the year it all began:

1. Gas was 32 cents per gallon.

2. A new car was $2,650.

3. The television show Batman premiered.

4. First Class Stamps were 5 cents a piece.

5. A dozen eggs cost 60 cents.

6. No.1 T.V. Show was Bonanza.

7. CCC student population was 350.

8. Elizabeth Taylor won best actress for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.

9. It’s a Small World opened in Disneyland.

10. Pampers created the first disposable diapers.