Presidential Ceremonial Chain
A copy of the university seal forms the centerpiece of the ceremonial chain that is worn by the presidents of the university. Sixteen gold medallions represent the tenure of 15 presidents and one acting president, Stephen W. Taylor, the first educational leader of the institution. The medallions form a chain that symbolizes the continuity of the university's traditions. The medallion of the 16th president, Brian C. Mitchell, is linked to the seal. The years of service for each president and a capsule comment about that individual's major contribution to the university are indicated on the reverse side of the medallion. The filigree that completes the chain takes the form of ivy that suggests growth and renewal in the succession of institutional leaders. The ceremonial chain was first presented in 1965 to Charles Watts at his inauguration as Bucknell's 11th president.