The mace adds meaning and dignity to the commencement ritual. It reminds both participants and spectators that education is one of the most cherished attributes of a free and democratic society.
The Texas State University mace is made of bronze and walnut and displays the university seal in maroon and gold relief.
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