Mace and Presidential Medallion

University Mace

Originally a medieval weapon and later carried by Sergeants at Arms guarding kings and high church officials, the mace has gradually assumed a purely ceremonial character symbolizing authority. As used in formal academic processions, the mace derives from early university history. The Lamar University mace is traditional in design. The mahogany shaft is crowned by a head on which are mounted four representations of the University seal. The mace in today’s ceremony is carried by the President of the Faculty Senate, who leads the academic procession.


Presidential Medallion

The medallion, a symbol of office for the Lamar University presidency, is worn by the president at official university ceremonies. Following Texas State University System tradition, the medallion is presented to a new president during the investiture ceremony to symbolize the transfer of office.

Designed by Phil Fitzpatrick, graphic artist and retired Lamar University professor of art, the medallion measures three inches in diameter, is cast in bronze and bears the university seal on one side. The university's name and geographic location are placed between inner and outer circles, emphasizing its status as a member of the Texas State University System. A lone star further reflects the connection to the State of Texas. A torch laid over a shield signifies the quest for knowledge in defense of truth and the right of all to seek the truth. Victor's laurel leaves surround the torch and shield, and concentric circles surrounding the seal insignia symbolize the continuing and unbroken mission of the university as well as the constant renewal of the educational process.

On the opposite side of the medallion is a depiction of Mirabeau B. Lamar, the Father of Texas Education and namesake of Lamar University. Inscribed in the lower right quadrant is a portion of a dictum from his 1839 speech before Texas Congress. In full, he said "Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy: and while guided and controlled by virtue, the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire." The words "Office of the President" and "Lamar University" arc above and below the portrait rendering, representing the tie between the university's leadership and its mission.