Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
The mace of Tufts University was created in 1938 to be used for ceremonial purposes in official ceremonies of the University, such as presidential inaugurations and commencements. Maces have been used as a symbol of authority since medieval times. The mace was first used in the inauguration of President Leonard Carmichael on November 4, 1938.
The Tufts mace was designed and created by Gorham Co. in New York. Composed of rosewood and polished brass, it includes the official seal of the University as the finial, an unusual feature in a university mace.
The mace was presented to Tufts as a gift of the Tufts Alumni Council, and cost $125.
Source: TW, November 3, 1938; UA4/-009#007