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The unveiling of the new University Mace at UNC Pembroke evoked feelings of pride for many who attended a dedication ceremony on Friday.

“It was very moving and humbling,” said Anthony Dial, who attended with his wife, Rhonda, and extended family. “It was very emotional.” 

The global food service giant Sodexo is investing $1 million toward construction of a new multi-million dollar facility that will house UNC Pembroke’s School of Business.

Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings made the announcement this week. The money will be used to establish an eatery inside the new building. 

UNC Pembroke has commissioned a new University Mace which celebrates the university’s heritage, mission, and its deep-rooted ties to southeastern North Carolina.

The four-foot staff was carved from wood sourced from the Lumber River basin. Depictions of the university seal, tobacco leaves, pine needle basket weave and pinecone patchwork designs surround the mace.

Beginning fall 2018, North Carolina residents can earn a degree at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke for $500 in tuition per semester, thanks to NC Promise.