The gem-encrusted Presidential Chain of Office is worn by the university president during commencement ceremonies. Designed by Mary Sartor (A&S’67, MFA’71), the chain is composed of minerals and gemstones from the state of Colorado — gold, silver, diamonds, citrine, topaz and amethyst. There are two pendants — one engraved with the seals of the university and the state of Colorado, and the other a large golden topaz representing the human quest for knowledge. The Chain of Office was donated to the university in 1980 by David G. Hawthorn (MechEngr’24, MS’28) and his wife.
Memorabilia wanted. Please contact the CU Heritage Center to donate CU-related items. For more information go towww.cuheritage.org or call 303-492-6329.
Photo courtesy Glenn Asakawa