Memorial Mace | University of Portland

Memorial Mace

The ceremonial mace is a traditional emblem of the authority of the president and faculty at institutions of higher learning and is usually carried by the grand marshal in academic processions. At the University of Portland a mace was commissioned in honor of Brother Godfrey, who served as Grand Marshal for many years, and was used for the first time at the seventy-fifth commencement in 1977. University of Portland’s mace is made of polished myrtle wood with bronze trim. The cross at the top symbolizes the founding of the University as a Christian institution. Metal plates bear the names of all University of Portland presidents and the name of the mace.