April 16, 2021
One of our graduation traditions involves a person (often a faculty member) carrying a mace down the steps of Low Library, symbolically granting President Lee C. Bollinger the authority to confer degrees. In 1933, the 18th-century mace was given to Columbia University by Judge John Munro Woolsey (LAW’1901, HON’1929) in gratitude for his education at Columbia Law School. Learn much more about the mace here.
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