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The Ceremonial Mace

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 


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