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QCC’s New Ceremonial Mace a Work of Art and Manufacturing Technology

May, 2019
  • QCC's new Ceremonial Mace.
    QCC's new Ceremonial Mace.
  • From left: Jason Butler, Thomas Dorman, Dhalin Lutaaya, Dr. Luis Pedraja, Johanny Polance, and Lee Duerden.
    From left: QCC graduates Jason Butler, Thomas Dorman, Dhalin Lutaaya, President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Johanny Polance, and Assistant Professor Lee Duerden

Pomp, circumstance and a special ceremonial mace were on tap at Quinsigamond Community College’s 54th Commencement.  QCC’s new ceremonial mace was the product of a collaboration of students, faculty and a retired Worcester State University professor.

QCC recent graduate Andrew Paquette made the elaborate gold and silver headpiece that features an insignia of the college.

“Andrew graduated this year with a GPA of 3.8. He works as an engineering technician and is an accomplished CNC programmer,” said Lee Duerden, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology/Coordinator of the Manufacturing Technology Program. “Mostafa Sefiyaoui made the counter weight. Mostafa is one of our lab managers for this semester.”

According to Mr. Duerden, Dr. Gus Luparelli, Retired Emeritus Professor at Worcester State University made the staff that holds the headpiece. An hour before the ceremony Mr. Duerden assembled the mace and presented it to QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

“It all came together beautifully proving that the Just in Time (JIT) Manufacturing works,” he said.

JIT manufacturing is a type of methodology designed to reduce times within a production system and is one of the manufacturing techniques taught at QCC. To learn more about QCC’s manufacturing programs, visit QCC Manufacturing.