"My idea of a mace was an old-time, medieval time war" weapon, said Lucas B.
Made from materials mostly donated by Central Massachusetts businesses, the new UMass mace cost about $300 to make.
The Maces actually began making annual donations for the program in 1993, and 15 or 16 Mace scholarship winners have already graduated, Dugger said.
The Maces' $1 million donation to Jackson County is earmarked for a 6,000-square-foot education center dedicated to teaching youngsters about the wonders of wildlife.
The four foot long silver-gilt and enamel mace was made by royal jewellers Mappin & Webb, and weighs five and a half kilos.
During the ceremony in Chester Cathedral, the mace will be placed in front of the new Chancellor, signifying the point at which those in academic robes can remove their head dresses.
Many Royal Mace
aviators flew sorties in Operation Iraqi Freedom and were eager to ask Ohara about his most memorable mission.