The University mace, which has medieval origins, has a symbolic role in the defence of academic freedom.
The mace has gradually become the symbol of the formal authority of the university and is carried by the Yeoman Bedell in formal ceremonies at which the Chancellor is present, such as Graduation.
The University of the Sunshine Coast's mace is carved from red cedar, felled on the slopes of Buderim in the inter-war years. The design draws from the three interwoven themes reflected in the institution's logo, mission and ongoing development. These are: academic traditions and quality; the regional community; and a significant commitment to sensitivity to the environment.
The mace is normally displayed in the University's Council Room.