The Mace Wielder

Who’s the man who will lead the procession at commencement? The ceremony’s grand marshal brings the mace as our symbolic protector.

Individuals| May 11, 2017|By

Shane Bevell Sadanand Verma brings the university mace throughout beginning. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Picture Provider)

Editor’s Note:

We’re celebrating among the best days in a Rebel’s life– graduation — on Might 13, and we desire you to assist celebrate through social networks. Use #UNLVGrad to send your congrats to our new alumni or provide a shout-out to whoever assisted paved your way through school. For full event details, visit the start website. Sadanand Verma is a component at the university’s beginning events. The veteran mathematics teacher, who hasn’t missed out on a beginning in 50 years, has actually worked as the grand marshal– carrying the university mace– at nearly every beginning for the last 17 years.

The mace is carried during beginning by the grand marshal, whose symbolic duty is the protection of the university, its people, and its procedures. The honor goes to the professor with the longest tenure who is taking part in the ceremony.

Verma started at UNLV in 1967, when the university was called Nevada Southern University. He taught in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences. Verma contributed in beginning the university’s math program– there was no mathematics degree program at the time– and working with faculty. He likewise served for several years as department chair.

Verma remembers when he began on school there were only five buildings and around 3,000 determined and identified students. Maryland Parkway was a dirt road and numerous departments were housed in trailers. The very first beginning he participated in was kept in the old health club, which is now home to Marjorie Barrick Museum.

“Through the years, several entertainers and other prominent local Nevadans were awarded honorary degrees, making the activities a lot more memorable,” Verma stated. “Entertainer Bob Hope (1970) in the Convention Center Rotunda almost stole the program. The most current unforgettable one was previous Las Vegan, comedian, and talk reveal host Jimmy Kimmel, a student at UNLV from 1985-86 who received an honorary doctorate in 2013. He had the whole audience laughing by stating he worked harder on his beginning speech that he did at any of the research he had at UNLV.”

The UNLV mace, cast by art professor emeritus Michael McCollum in 1970, was created utilizing the lost wax procedure. Eric Gronborg’s design for the cubical head of the mace included elements portraying the university seal, a rendering of the Statue of Liberty, a similarity of Renaissance scholar Leonardo da Vinci, and a shelf of books flanked by artists’ brushes.

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