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Presidential Medallion and University Mace

A tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, chains of office are massive metal necklaces worn by the university president on ceremonial occasions as part of his or her regalia. The chains can be made of bronze, sterling silver, or gold plate, and are usually anchored by a large medallion depicting the university seal. Links are customized and often cast in the shapes of school symbols or engraved with meaningful words, a Latin motto, or a statement of academic values.

The Presidential Medallion of California State University, Dominguez Hills is presented to new president at his/her installation and subsequently worn at commencements and other formal academic convocations.

The University Seal forms the centerpiece medallion of the ceremonial chain that is worn by the presidents of California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ten gold medallions represent the tenure of eight presidents and two interim presidents. The medallions form the chain and symbolize the continuity of the university’s traditions. The medallion of the 10th and current president, Dr. Willie J. Hagan, is linked to the Seal. The name and years of service for each president are indicated on each medallion. The ceremonial chain was first presented in 1999 to Herbert Carter at the annual Commencement Exercises.

The University Mace is a ceremonial staff carried in academic processions during commencement and convocations at universities and colleges. Maces date to the Middle Ages and symbolize strength and authority. Each is unique and reflects the values and characteristics of the institution. The chair of the university’s Academic Senate, the marshal of the academic procession, carries the mace in the American tradition, at a 45-degree angle across the chest, while in England, the bearer carries it over the shoulder.