It’s time to graduate!

It’s the season to graduate! And to celebrate QUT library is showing off the spectacular Registrar’s mace on Level 4, V Block, Gardens Point campus.

The QUT mace was designed and built by Mr Alan Place, a former part time lecturer in fine arts.

It has three sections, each symbolising the different levels of tertiary education:

  • The knob at the base represents the bachelor’s degree, the start of a professional career.
  • The handpiece in the middle represents the master’s degree.
  • The flame-shaped head, symbolising the torch of learning, represents the doctorate.
  • The open top acknowledges that education is an ongoing process.

In the middle ages, the mace was preferred by soldier churchmen (in particular Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, who was the half-brother of William the Conqueror) as it was a crushing instrument which did not draw blood. Over time the mace became a symbol of authority.

For those who are graduating remember that alumni membership to QUT library is free and allows you to access books and a selection of online resources.

QUT Library congratulates everyone for a wonderful and productive year and offers best wishes to those who are graduating at this time.

Graduation time!

QUT library is joining in the celebration of our newest QUT graduates this month with a lovely display on level 5 of Kelvin Grove library.

The display features graduation booklets, a gown, and little souvenir teddy bears. If you are curious to know more about academic dress requirements check out this FAQ from the Student Guild (the tassel on your motarboard should fall to the right after graduating).

The most impressive item on display, however, is the Registrar’s mace. It is a symbol of the authority of the institution and is generally carried at the beginning of the academic procession. If you look closely you can see QUT stamped on it.


Remember, as a recent graduate you are entitled to one year’s free alumni membership to the library, just make sure you register online so we can send a card out to you.

QUT library would like to congratulate all those who have reached the end of their studies, we wish you all the best for a great ceremony and graduation day.

Got visitors? Things to see and do at QUT

Are your family or friends visiting for graduation or to help you get ready for your first semester? Are you just looking for something different to do around campus? There are plenty of free or reasonably priced cultural activities available on our QUT campuses. Below is a list of my favourites. Please let me know what I have missed!

Gardens Point

Senator Waters visits the Cube by Greens MPs CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Senator Waters visits the Cube by Greens MPs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Cube – Check out one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. The Cube is fun (and educational) for visitors of all ages.

Gardens Theatre – Experience the vibe of a wonderful live performance in our very own theatre.

QUT Art Museum – Enjoy exciting exhibitions featuring artists of local, national and international importance. Participate in art programs suitable for a variety of audiences.

William Robinson Gallery – Be inspired by the William Robinson Collection, various temporary exhibitions and an archive of Robinson’s art.

Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove Markets by Charles Strebor (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Kelvin Grove Urban Village – Not just great food (and coffee), the KG Urban Village also offers plenty of fun social and cultural events.

La Boite Theatre Company Roundhouse Theatre – Renowned for its intimacy, accessibility and imaginative staging capabilities, the auditorium is a modern and expanded copy of the original La Boite Theatre at Hale Street.

And of course, don’t forget to visit our beautiful Library buildings on each campus!