The Cleveland State Community College Mace

On this special occasion we introduce Cleveland State’s first ceremonial mace.  Historically, a mace was designed as a weapon.  By the 13th century a decorated mace was used for ceremonial purposes in England and France.  Over the centuries the use of a ceremonial mace became a tradition in colleges and universities to lead processionals and signify the significance of the occasion.

Cleveland State’s mace is a gift from the 6th President, Dr. William A. Seymour and Catherine Seymour.  In-kind donations were made by Epperson Jewelers who provided the engraving, Jordan Fabricating who developed the headpiece, and Ed Lewis, retired high school physics teacher who carved the top section of the staff.

The design and production work for the mace was performed by Cleveland High School students participating in Mr. David Gluckner’s Engineering class during the Spring 2016 semester.  Particular thanks go to Mr. Gluckner for his commitment and diligence to see this project through to completion.

Today, the mace is carried by Caleb Mott who was a member of the class that designed it, and we are proud to say that Caleb is now a freshman at Cleveland State.  It is intended that the mace will be used for all future formal ceremonies of the college.

A series of silver rings make up the lower section of the staff.  The first ring indicates the founding of the college in 1967.  The next six rings identify the six presidents of the college with their respective years of service.  Several blank rings are available for future presidents.

The top of the staff is carved to flare out toward the top piece.  This is to symbolize the ever-growing impact that Cleveland State has on our community through student education and economic development.  The silver top piece has several sides coming to the point representing the diversity of students we serve who come together to improve their lives through education.  Inside the top piece is a hand-blown glass flame.  Its blue color celebrates the history of Cleveland State and sheds light on a mission that will burn forever.