The Bates Mace

The Bates mace, seen here cradled by Professor of Sociology Sawyer Sylvester, symbolizes academic authority — an understandable connection, since ancient warriors used maces to bash their foes. Borne by the senior faculty member leading the academic procession, the Bates mace was fashioned by Leverett Cutten of the Class of 1904. Cutten, who earned a second bachelor’s degree from MIT, also crafted that school’s mace. Read more about the Bates mace. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen

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