Something Old, Something New

A new mace makes its debut

Student Government Association President V'dell Carter prepares to carry the USC Upstate mace out of the G.B. Hodge Center at the end of the 2023 Convocation ceremony in August.

For the first time in its 56-year history, USC Upstate opened a ceremony with its own mace. The mace, which debuted at new student convocation on Aug. 20, is a traditional symbol of a university’s peaceful governing authority. It is used for all official proceedings, such as graduations and convocations. When placed on its stand, it signals an event has begun, and when removed, that the event has ended.

At the top of USC Upstate’s mace is a silver flame representing the light of knowledge. On the head is the official university seal, along with an image of the main Administration Building, the original building on campus. These marks represent USC Upstate’s history and the possibilities that lie ahead. The shaft is crafted from wood, signifying the strength of the university and its commitment to sustainability.