Keeper of the Maces
Custodial Services does more than clean. We are also responsible for the upkeep and scheduled use of The University of Texas at Austin maces. The university has a collection of ceremonial maces that are carried at official occasions of the institution, such as Commencement and Honors Day. The original three maces, the Progenitors, were crafted by Professor Carl Eckhart in the spring of 1956 using wood preserved from the original Old Main building and were used for the first time in the Commencement exercises conducted on June 2, 1956. Professor Eckhart designed and fabricated 38 maces, in addition to the three Progenitors, representing the university and the university's various schools and colleges. Professor Eckhart's 41 maces comprise the original collection. Subsequently, seven more maces have been added to the collection, bringing the current total to 48. The mace collection is kept on regular display in the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL).
Information on Carl Eckhart
UT Commencement History and Traditions
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)