Mace and Breastplate
The mace and breastplate have traditionally symbolized leadership and authority since the Middle Ages. The use of the two became a tradition at the University in 1968, when Robert Ebendorf, a University art professor of jewelry and metal, and a former Fulbright Scholar in Norway, was commissioned to create a mace and breastplate to be used at the formal inauguration of President Fred C. Davison as the seventeenth president of the University of Georgia and for future academic processionals on campus.
The 48-inch mace is made of mahogany with the seal of the University on four sides. It is engraved with the name of each School or College at the University of Georgia and the year of its founding. The Grand Marshal leads the academic processional carrying the mace.
The breastplate and chain of office, made to be worn over the academic robe, features a silver medallion of the University of Georgia seal. The chain lists the twenty-one presidents of the University of Georgia and their years of service. Following a tradition begun in 1968, the breastplate and chain of office is worn by the President of the University at each commencement ceremony.