Brief History About Ceremonial Mace
A ceremonial mace is a highly ornamented staff
of metal or wood, carried before a sovereign or
other high official in civic ceremonies by a
mace-bearer, intended to represent the
official's authority. The mace, as used today,
derives from the original mace used as a weapon.
Processions often feature maces, as on
parliamentary or formal academic occasions.
Akamai University Mace
The Akamai University Mace is intended as a
symbol of authority, and when carried by a
University dignitary it is a banner of
institutional prestige, and a symbol of
University scholarship and integrity as an
The Akamai University Mace is the symbol of the
authority of the President, to award
certificates, diplomas and degrees and
represents the power of higher education as a
catalyst for advancing the human condition.
The mace is carried by a mace-bearer, preceding
the President, in the processional of students
and faculty into and out from the venue where
the convocation, award ceremony, or formal
academic gathering is held. The mace sits on its
stand during the convocation and is cared for at
the University headquarters in Hawaii.