The College Mace and Presidential Medallion symbolize the College's commitment to our students and the communities we serve. Since 1957, Lansing Community College (LCC) has been a place where success begins. Where students can discover their Starpower, Define Themselves, or just simply know that they belong here. In 2023, LCC unveiled new, custom-designed versions of the College Mace and Presidential Medallion. Each piece was carried and worn for the first time at the College's 65th Commencement Ceremony on May 11, 2023.
A ceremonial mace is a highly ornamented staff of metal or wood that originated in the Ancient Near East as far back as the Stone Age. The mace was intended to be a symbol of rank and authority, with some of the earliest ceremonial maces being used as weapons carried by Sergeants-at-Arms to protect their Kings during Medieval times. Processions often feature maces, and in academic settings they are typically carried at the front of the faculty line.
The Lansing Community College (LCC) mace is 42 inches in length and made up of four components: the upper finial, the head, the staff, and the lower finial. The finial on top of the LCC Mace is a nod to the State Capitol Building which is adjacent to our Downtown and founding campus in Lansing, MI. The wood throughout the mace, with the exception of the circular top, is from Lansing High School, later known as Old Central, which was LCC’s first building when founded. The head of the mace is round with gloss finished and lacquer coated Poplar wood as the base. The official seal of the college is inset into this wood on the front of the mace and a previous college medallion that includes materials from buildings across campus is inset on the back. The LCC Vision Statement and founding year are milled into the ring plate. The staff of the mace is forged entirely from Old Central Wood; revived, strengthened and connected with ground and polished metal. The lower finial of the staff is polished metal with four etched stars encircling the round end.
The LCC mace was produced internally by LCC staff from across campus. The design was developed by Bruce Mackley, Director of Marketing and Communications, the Old Central wood was prepared by Brad Latusek, Facilities and fabricated at our West Campus by Todd Cotter, Brian Skogheim and the Precision Machining team.
The Presidential Medallion is a symbol of office for the Lansing Community College presidency and is worn by the president at official college ceremonies. The circular medallion is forged in polished silver and hangs from a dual chain. It has the official seal of the college president on the front. The medallion was designed by Bruce Mackley, Director of Marketing and Communications and the fabrication was executed by the LCC West Campus Precision Machining team, including Todd Kotter and Brian Skogheim.