From the Archives: Convocation mace

Mace procession 1979-80 album RRMC RRU Archives

The RRMC mace, as seen in the photo above in the procession up the Neptune Stairs, was the symbol of the authority of the Senate of Royal Roads Military College to grant degrees at the bachelor, masters and doctoral level. This permission was given to the Senate by the RRMC Degree Act on June 25, 1975, and it allowed cadets to complete their studies at RRMC whereas previously they graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston. At each convocation between the first in 1977 and the last in 1995, the RRMC mace was carried by the mace bearer at the front of the academic procession and placed at the dais to the left of the Senate during the ceremony.

If you are on campus, know that you can see this mace and other RRMC artifacts on display in the military heritage area at the north entrance of the Grant Building. Should you like to know more about the mace, or have your own story about it in the convocation ceremony, please feel free to drop by the archives office in the library or call or email at your convenience. 

Caroline Posynick
RRU Archivist
250.391.2600 extension 4122