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Motto, Colors, Seal, and Coat of Arms Policy

Motto, Colors, Seal, and Coat of Arms Policy


To provide guidance to the University community about the use, meaning and/or purpose of identifying marks, motto and colors of the University.


All members of the University community.

Policy History

Effective Date:  October 2, 1975

Approval: May 16, 2016

Policy History: 

  • Approved in Original Form: October 2, 1975
  • Approved as Amended: October 25, 1993
  • Approved as Amended: June 12, 2000
  • Approved as Amended: May 16, 2016

Maintenance of Policy: University President


1. The Seal of the University shall be in the form indicated below and shall be used for the authentication of deeds, contracts, and other legal instruments in the formal conduct of the corporate business of the University.  The Seal shall only be used for these purposes.


2. The Coat of Arms of the University shall be in the form indicated above and shall be attached to diplomas and similar instruments requiring authentication in the conduct of the academic affairs of the University.

3. Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country) is the motto of the University, a motto which indicates the twofold duty all have of serving both God and neighbor.  Patria, translated, means “native land” but it should be interpreted as embracing the whole world.  The motto appears on the Coat of Arms of the University.

4. The combination of blue and red are the University colors, representing the theme of devotion to Mary and loyalty toward country.

Reference Documents

1.  Code of Regulations of University of Dayton 


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