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Dr. Bernard Anderson was the 2002 Commencement Speaker. He is a renowned Economist and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration which includes the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and the Office of Labor Management Standards and Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Class of 2002 presented the College with a Mace for its senior class gift. It was designed and fashioned by sculptor and Assistant Professor of Art, Michael Hale. It is 52 inches in length, constructed of bronze, velvet and oak.
The ceremonial academic mace is an historical amalgam of the regal scepter of rulers with the weapon-like instrument known as a mace. Academic maces are historically regarded as manifestations of the "immortal dignity" of colleges and universities and thus represent the past, present and future.