Spring is a time of regeneration. On Drury’s campus, we watch flowers bloom and trees leap to life while students complete projects and piece together concepts across disciplines. Olin Library finds itself especially abuzz with group work, intensive study sessions and a few instances of shushing during the spring months. The library is a lively hub of learning and sharing, writing and rewriting, concepting and creating. Although the digital age has altered our traditional relationship with libraries, the innate spirit of discovery remains alive and well in Olin.
Drury's Inaugural Donning of the Kente Cloth
Kente is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means “basket” in Akan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning “woven cloth.” It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth adorned by kings.
Today, Kente academic stoles are often used by African Americans as a symbol of ethnic pride in ceremonies called “Donning of the Kente” where the stoles are presented to the graduates.
Drury's First University Mace/Spring 2018 Commencement
The university mace is carried at the head of the academic procession. It is crafted primarily from the wood of a walnut tree that stood for many years on campus, but also has featured made of maple and bronze. The mace contains a number of elements that are emblematic of the history and traditions of Drury. The orb at its base reflects the institution’s commitment to global engagement, and the fluted column in the middle represents the pillar of liberal learning that has always been the hallmark of education at Drury. The pillar supports a lamp, which is a symbol of the light of knowledge and writing. The lamp is supported by acorn and oak leaf clusters, representing growth and strength. Finally, the head of the mace is capped by a bronze medallion engraved with the seal of Drury University.
Drury’s university mace was created by the noted Ozarks artist and craftsman Jeff Brundege.