Smith succeeded Dame Marguerite Pindling, who stepped down late last month after serving as head of state since 2014.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis delivered remarks and conveyed congratulatory sentiments to the newly-appointed governor general. In response, Smith thanked the prime minister for recommending him for the post and also thanked the Bahamian people for their support. He vowed to carry out his duties to the best of his abilities.
The new governor general is a community and political activist from the 1970s and is also a founding member of the governing Free National Movement (FNM).
Smith, 82, has also served as a senior Cabinet member and as ambassador/permanent representative to the Organization of American States and non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Malaysia and Columbia.