The Rensselaer Mace
Created in 1999 for the first time in Rensselaers history, the mace is carried at the head of all academic processions and is prominently displayed during academic ceremonies. The modern mace grew out of an ancient tradition to use it to preserve order. It can be carried before a high functionary as a symbol of authority. Recalling our founders Dutch ancestry, the tulip-shaped top of the Rensselaer Mace is made of silver with the Rensselaer Seal in the middle of the tulip bloom, which is also a symbol of prosperity. The shaft of the Rensselaer mace is made of ebony. This mace was made in the workshop of Rebecca Smith and Anton Pruden in Ditchling, a small village in East Sussex, England.
The Rensselaer Flag
The Rensselaer flag combines historic and contemporary elements to represent the Institutes origins and the present. The flag consists of the Rensselaer name superimposed on the coat of arms of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the great-great grandfather of Rensselaers founder, Stephen Van Rensselaer. The moline in the upper left quarter represents the heraldic sign of the Van Rensselaers. The three coronets in the lower left quarter are the arms of the Van Wenckums, the family of Kiliaen Van Rensselaers paternal grandmother. In the upper right quarter are the arms of Maria Pafraet, Kiliaen Van Rensselaers mother. In the lower right quarter are the arms of Kiliaen Van Rensselaers maternal grandmother. The Rensselaer flag, created in conjunction with the Class of 1994 gift, was flown for the first time in May 1994, when it was raised in front of the Houston Field House for the 188th Commencement exercises.