The Mace is a ceremonial insignia of the University. It is a highly-ornamented staff, patterned after a weapon of antiquity that was used to bludgeon one’s enemies. In modern ceremony, the Mace is carried by a high official during formal occasions, and symbolically signifies their authority. At UNCG, the Mace is hand-chased in sterling silver, and bears academic motifs depicting the history of UNCG. It is carried by the Faculty Marshal on official occasions. The UNCG Mace was presented in 1976 by the Class of 1926 (North Carolina College for Women), to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation and the bicentennial of the nation. It was first carried at commencement in 1978.