Official Mace, Baton Mark Formal Events
Baldwin’s new mace and baton, which debuted
at Commencement, are made of native wood by local
hands and bear the symbols of the college
— a squirrel, an acorn, and oak leaves — and
its motto. The Alumnae/i Association gave the mace
and baton to the college in honor of Cynthia H. Tyson,
who retired in June after a record 18 years as president.
The designs were taken from the Baldwin crest — thought
to be derived from Baldwin family ancestors in Ireland
and England — and the large stained-glass window
hanging in Grafton Library and dedicated a century
ago to one of the college’s founders, Mary
Julia Baldwin. Both the mace and baton were carved
by Robbie Lawson, who performs similar work for Taylor & Boody
Organ Builders of Staunton.
the mace is a squirrel, Mary Baldwin’s mascot,
evoking industriousness, curiosity, dignity, grace,
and liveliness. Capping the baton is an acorn, representing
strength. On the mace, oak leaves, painted green,
stand for life. Parts of the mace and baton are trimmed
in gold leaf, suggesting wisdom and honor. The wood
itself, walnut, conveys longevity and hidden wisdom.
The mace bears the college motto: Non pro tempore
— Not for time but eternity.
The mace will be carried by the college marshal, Kenneth
W. Keller, professor of history. Lundy H. Pentz,
associate marshal and associate professor of biology,
will carry the baton. When not in use, the mace and
baton are displayed, with a new photographic portrait
of Tyson given by the Parents Council, in a glass
case just inside the main entrance to Grafton Library.
Information provided by
Kenneth W. Keller, college marshal
Lundy H. Pentz, associate college marshal