SFCC Unveils New Ceremonial Mace at Graduation
A college’s ceremonial mace symbolizes a high official or authority and is usually presented at commencement, during processions and at other important occasions. Although founded more than 35 years ago, until recently, SFCC did not have a mace. Thanks to Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., who initiated the project, we now have a beautiful mace that represents the transformational power of education.
Douglas Jones, Program Head of the Fine Woodworking Program, designed and built SFCC’s mace. He worked in consultation with Dr. Cervantes, Dr. Bernadette Jacobs, Dean of the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters and incorporated symbolism that reflects the college and its community.
SFCC’s mace is constructed from local woods. Loosely based on the college’s logo, the piñon pine ball is protected and supported by four bentwood elements atop an elm staff. The pine orb, transformed by turning tool and flame, has a complex, swirling grain within its hardened, unified sphere. The ridges that form the handle of the staff relate to the college’s six academic schools. Fine Woodworking adjunct faculty member Laura Yeats ‘turned’ the amazing pine orb for the staff and the base and provided the Siberian Elm lumber, which came from a salvaged street tree in downtown Santa Fe.
Together with family and friends, these elements provide the environment that enriches and transforms our students and prepares them for future challenges.