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ABAC receives academic icon

August 22, 2006

Tifton  --  An Abraham Baldwin College graduate was selected to craft his alma mater's newest symbol of academic ceremony.  

Keith Rucker made ABAC's first official academic mace this summer. A mace is carried by the person leading a procession during convocations or graduations, as part of the academic regalia.

An amateur wood worker, Rucker made the mace from a Bradford Pear tree that was cut down during campus expansion. 

He said the inspiration for the relic was based on "The history of ABAC, being that the tree that it was made from grew on the ABAC Campus. As well as the future, because the tree was removed for expansion for ABAC, to make this institution even better in the future," Rucker said. 

ABAC's academic mace will be used for the first time officially Friday, during the inauguration of Dr. David Bridges as the college's new President.

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