News – 5/26/23

Vincent Triana presented President of EC3, Dr. Chris Gray, with the mace that will now be used at graduation ceremonies.

Using it as a class assignment in his Materials Technology class with instructor Philip Blumer, Vincent created the mace from scratch. He used tulip polar and a wood lathe to turn down a piece of square stock into the mace. It began with the traditional shape and then worked in the details through many grits of sandpaper to perfect it. The medallions with “Erie County Community College” were then placed in the mace to complete the process.

“We’re grateful to Vincent for putting his time, energy and talents into making such an important element of our commencement ceremonies” said, Dr. Gray. “The mace is symbolic and will be used in EC3 graduation ceremonies for many years to come.”

The mace is meant to symbolize the beginning of significant academic ceremonies. It is a higher education tradition that comes from medieval England times.

“I appreciate having the opportunity to do this for EC3,” said Vincent. “It’s cool to think that I played a small part in its history.”

Vincent is a rising senior at North East High School. He plans to attend college for Cyber Security and Intelligence. He also is a Boy Scout, a member of the National Honor Society and on the baseball team for North East. Vincent is the son of Jason & Renee Triana, Assistant to the President.