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.