The use of a mace during university graduation ceremonies combines symbolic communication with the principle of vested authority at the most sacred of academic celebrations.
The mace reminds everyone at commencement that education is one of the most cherished attributes of a free and democratic society.
The Texas State University ceremonial mace is made of cherrywood with gold-plated bronze accents. The university seal is displayed on gold-plated bronze medals at the top of the mace.
Beneath the seal is a metal base inscribed with the words Auctoritas, Gravitas, Humanitas and Veritas. These words come down to us from antiquity and represent the following shared academic values:
- Auctoritas — the sense of one’s standing gained through experience, industriousness and service to others
- Gravitas — a sense of dignity, seriousness and duty
- Humanitas — an appreciation for refinement, civilization and learning
- Veritas — truthfulness