The University mace
, a gift of the Class of 1990
, leads the academic procession at commencement, at convocation, and on other special ceremonial occasions. Historically, the use of a mace dates back to the middle ages and was carried before or placed near a magistrate or other dignitary as an ensign of authority. This mace is made of sterling silver, walnut and oak and depicts various University symbols. It was designed by Rodney Hill, a Texas A&M architecture professor who also carved the staff. Silversmith Lane Coulter '78, of Santa Fe, prepared the silver head of the mace and Lars Stanley '74, of Austin, designed and manufactured the stand.