Keeper of the Maces

Custodial Services does more than clean, recycle and secure buildings on campus; we are also the keepers of the maces. The University of Texas at Austin has more than 40 processional maces that are carried at ceremonial occasions of the institution, such as Commencement and Honors Day. These maces were crafted by Professor Carl Eckhart using wood from the original Old Main building. The earliest maces were used for the first time in the Commencement exercises conducted on June 2, 1956. Custodial Services is responsible for their maintenance and keeping them secure. We keep them on regular display in the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL).

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the maces, please read the e-booklet below:

Download: The Maces of UT Austin Booklet (PDF, Large)