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WKCTC Unveils Ceremonial College Mace

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will unveil its first ceremonial college mace at its graduation ceremony May 8.
WKCTCs mace was designed and constructed in April by veteran carpenter and WKCTC Associate Professor John Moore and will be carried for the first time by WKCTC President Barbara Veazey during the colleges graduation ceremonies at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center.

Veazey said WKCTCs mace was designed to represent the colleges commitment to excellence as well as to commemorate and pay respect to those institutions that made WKCTC what it is today.

This has really been a remarkable year, with our Aspen Institute recognition and other achievements, Veazey said. We thought it was very timely that this year we would be able to have a mace and carry it at this years graduation.
Maces date back to the Middle Ages when they were used as weapons. Today, they are primarily symbols of academic authority used at formal convocations and commencement ceremonies.

Moore, a Graves County resident, has taught construction technology at WKCTC since 2005. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Moore received a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts from Wayne State University before moving to New York and doing carpentry work converting empty commercial lofts into artists living and studio space. He said it was in New York that he discovered his passion for woodworking and particularly the challenges encountered while working on older urban dwelling.

Moore said he was honored to have the opportunity to use his woodworking knowledge to produce the WKCTC mace. I had fun designing it and making it, Moore told WKCTC faculty and staff at recent reception April 27. My students got to see the processes as it evolved, and Im proud of the work.
The 40-inch long mace is made of native cherry wood. The head of the mace contains two bronze medallions professionally engraved with the image of Carson Hall on one side and with an image of a lantern on the other side.

Carson Hall is the oldest building on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College campus and represents a historic link to Paducah Community College one of the founding institutions of WKCTC. The lantern symbolizes the power education has for guiding a persons life as well as commemorates West Kentucky Industrial College/West Kentucky Technical College - one of the founding institutions of todays WKCTC.

Veazey, who marks her 10th year as president of the college this year, will also wear for the first time presidential chain of office at this years commencement ceremonies. The chain also contains a bronze medallion with the lantern image, representing strength in academic excellence and commitment to student success. Like the academic mace, the official chain of office is highly regarded as part of the enduring legacy and permanent symbology of the institution.