Graduation Ceremonial Mace

The Mace of Charles Darwin University represents the authority of the University Council and its head, the Chancellor, and was first used in May Graduation Ceremonies in 2013. 

For thousands of years the mace has been used as a symbol of government. Originally a weapon in the shape of a club, often spiked, it has evolved to become a decorative and ceremonial object of great value and beauty. The ceremonial mace is documented to have been used since the 16th Century. Carried by a Mace Bearer, it is intended to represent the protection of a person of authority, such as reigning monarchs and religious leaders. Oxford University began using a mace for ceremonial occasions in the late 16th Century and Cambridge University adopted a mace in 1626. 

The mace is traditionally a gift, and the Charles Darwin University Mace was gifted from Flinders University Council in 2010. Glenice Lesley Matthews was commissioned to design and make the University Mace. Glenice Matthews, well known for her work as a silversmith, designed and made the mace for Edith Cowan University.  

Work on the design for the CDU Mace began in late 2010 and final approval of the design was given by the Chancellor in early 2011. It incorporates images of a “flame of knowledge” linking to the traditional use of firesticks as a way of passing on knowledge, Charles Darwin’s telescope and the pandanus. The CDU brand features strongly on a tropical timber shaft with bands of sterling silver and yellow gold.

Before completing the piece, however, Glenice Matthews passed away. Completion of the project was entrusted to Samuel Farmer, a silversmith who worked with Glenice for more than 20 years. In 1984, he designed and made the Ceremonial Mace and President’s Medallion for Pittsburg State University, Kansas, USA.

The role of mace bearer is designated to a Doctor of Philosophy graduand in each ceremony. The Doctor of Philosophy graduands are invited to participate in the Academic Procession. They are then also invited to nominate themselves for the role of Mace Bearer. In the event that there are no Doctor of Philosophy graduands participating in a ceremony, Academic Staff members will be invited to nominate for the role of Mace Bearer. The Director, Student Administration and Equity Services will make the decision on the Mace Bearer based on the nominations.

The Mace Bearer will take position in the Academic Procession behind the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor and in front of the Chancellor. Once on stage, the Mace Bearer shall stand between the two lecterns during the National Anthem. At the conclusion of the National Anthem, the Mace Bearer shall place the Mace in its stand at the front of the stage and move to his/her designated seat on the stage.

At the closing of the ceremony, the Mace Bearer shall rise and collect the Mace and lead the Chancellor and the Academic Procession offstage and out of the Auditorium.

Darwin Ceremony 1, 21st May 2015
Dr Susana Saffu is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate
Her thesis title: Learning as transformation and empowerment: The case of African-Australian Women in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Darwin Ceremony 2, 22nd May 2015
Dr Nathan Franklin is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
His thesis title: Reproducing political Islam in Java; The role of Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah pesantren in the political socialisation of the Umat.

Darwin Ceremony 3, 22nd May 2015
Dr Samantha Colquhoun is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: Global Epidemiology, prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease with a focus on the pacific region.

Alice Springs Ceremony, 11th June 2015
Dr Jennifer Taylor is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: Portraits of place: A plein air painter in Arrerte country, central Australia.

Darwin Ceremony 1, 16 October 2015
Dr Aurelia Lusviminda Villena Gomez is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title : Identification and valuation of ecosystem services in the Mount Apo Natural Park, the Philippines, as a basis for exploring the potential of 'payments for environmental services' for protected area management.

Darwin Ceremony 2, 16 October 2016
Dr Theofransus L A Litaay is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
His thesis title : Effective international, national, and local policy dynamics for a new development paradigm (An Indonesian perspective).

Darwin Ceremony 1, 29th May 2014
Dr Georgina Nutton is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: The effectiveness of mobile preschool (Northern Territory) in improving school readiness for very remote indigenous children.
Dr Nutton has over 20 years’ experience in early childhood education, applied research as well as policy development and delivery of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment projects.  

Darwin Ceremony 2, 29th May 2014
Dr Karen Borgelt is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: First and Second Order Leaders and Leadership: A new model for understanding the roles and interactions between leaders and managers working in the contemporary Australian-based organisations undergoing change.

Darwin Ceremony 3, 30th May 2014
Dr Muamaroh Graduated with a PhD in 2014
Her thesis title: Improving Indonesian University students' spoken English using group work and cooperative learning.

Alice Springs Ceremony, 19th June 2014
Dr Donald Zoellner is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
His thesis title: If VET is the answer, what was the question? Theorising an Australian machinery of population control.
Dr Zoellner has had a long and continuing involvement with education in the NT, since coming to Darwin in 1973.  A former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr Zoellner collected his Doctoral Testamur in June 2014 during Alice Springs special 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Darwin Ceremony 1, 17th October 2014
Dr Hana Morrissey is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: New roles for health professionals in patient-centred health care services in rural and remote Australia: Community pharmacists sharing the responsibility for chronic disease management.

Darwin Ceremony 2, 17th October 2014
Dr Adam Paul Heaton is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
His thesis title: “I stopped to think” – Aboriginal anti-racism studies in middle school.

Darwin Ceremony 1, 23rd May 2013
Ms Farrelly is the University’s Chief Operating Officer.  Her substantial contribution to the project surrounding the building and gifting of the mace was recognised when she was asked to be the University’s first mace bearer – a role which she was honoured to accept.

Darwin Ceremony 2, 24th May 2013
Dr Ana Soares is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: Development and Implementation of Timor-Leste Health Policy Framework 2002: A Governance Analysis.

Darwin Ceremony 3, 24th May 2013
Dr Jacquelyne Hughes is a Doctor of Philosophy graduate.
Her thesis title: The Inter-relationships between Body Build, body Composition, Body Fat Distribution, Metabolic Syndrome and Inflammation in Adult Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people. 
Dr Hughes is a specialist physician (nephrology) in Royal Darwin Hospital who has received many awards, including 2012 Northern Territory Young Tall Poppy Award, 2013 Top End NAIDOC Person of the Year and 2014 RACP Jacquot Research Establishment Award.

Alice Springs Ceremony, 13th June 2013
Mrs Robin Cross. A Senior Lecturer who specialises in the On line delivery of Bachelor of Nursing, who has been ranked in the top 10 out of 4000 Australian lecturers in 2012 and 2013.

Darwin Ceremony 1, 11th October 2013
Dr Maher was a lecturer of Medical Laboratory Science at Charles Darwin University.  She was awarded the prestigious 2013 Young Tall Poppy for the Northern Territory for her work in developing rapid tests for Dengue fever and relating viruses, and her continued dedication to raising the profile of science, particularly among young people.

Darwin Ceremony 2, 11th October 2013
Dr Aue Te Ava is currently a lecturer in Secondary Education (health & Physical Education) at CDU.
Currently, Dr Te Ava is involved with research project fund by the Pride project of the University of Auckland Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic Sports and Exercise Science. The project focuses on Pasifika community health and performance on in Auckland. He is also involved with the development of Cook Islands research and planning of future directions for Cook Islanders living in New Zealand.