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University of Miami ceremonial mace, 1950s-1980s | University of Miami University Archives

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ID: ASU0247

Creator: University of Miami. Office of Commencement

Extent: 1.0 Items

Date Acquired: 10/18/2010

Languages: English

Abstract

The ceremonial mace in the collection of the University Archives was donated by the Office of Commencement of the University of Miami in 2010.  It is a symbolic weapon to protect the ideals of truth, justice, and leaning carried at the head of the academic procession during the commencement ceremony by the Grand Marshal, whose symbolic duty is the protection of the University, its people, and its processes.

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The ceremonial mace in the collection of the University Archives was donated by the Office of Commencement of the University of Miami in 2010.  It is a symbolic weapon to protect the ideals of truth, justice, and leaning carried at the head of the academic procession during the commencement ceremony by the Grand Marshal, whose symbolic duty is the protection of the University, its people, and its processes.

There are no documents on the ceremonial maces used by the university in the past and present, but the Archives assumes that the item donated was the second mace used from 1950s to 1980s.  Historical images of the first and second maces are available in the University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection.

According to the Office of Commencement, the current mace dates back to 1986, which was sculpted by UM professor of art William Ward.

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All activities related to commencement ceremonies are managed by the Office of Commencement of the University of Miami.

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University of Miami. Office of Commencement

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Acquisition Source: Donation

Acquisition Method: The mace was donated by Allison Gillespie, Director, Office of Commencement of the University of Miami on October 18, 2010.

Related Materials: University of Miami Commencement website For more information please see http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/commencement.




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