The Bryant University mace is carried at commencement and convocation exercises and at other Bryant celebrations. Crowned in gold, the finial on top of the mace has the two dominant emblems of the institution: the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the seal of Bryant University.
The mace depicted here is the University mace, which has been used since August 2004. It is the same mace as the old College mace, except for the front seal of the finial. When Bryant College became Bryant University effective August 25, 2004, the front seal of the finial was replaced by the new seal shown here with a new Latin motto.
The central symbol of the seal is an ellipsoid globe with quills on each side to signify the traditional emblem of communication in business. In the center, behind the globe, is a torch symbolizing liberty, the spirit of free inquiry, academic freedom, and learning.
The Archway, forming the background for the globe, torch, and quills, is a Bryant landmark, which is affectionately remembered by thousands of alumni. The Latin expression on the seal "Cognitio Virtus Successus" means "Knowledge, Character, Success." Since its founding in 1863, Bryant University has been building the knowledge and character of its students to help them achieve success.
The inscription on the mace reads:
TO HONOR THE MEMORY
OF OUR DEAR MOTHER
HARRIET E. JACOBS
E. GARDNER JACOBS
DOROTHY JACOBS LEDERER
Bryant University mace, Harriet E. Jacobs Memorial Mace