There are two official versions of the University of Notre Dame seal.
The Latin seal has very limited application, primarily for official University use, such as contracts, certain stationery, podiums, and academic diplomas.
The English seal has a wider usage and may be used—with authorization—as a design element on certain ceremonial communications, such as formal invitations.
To ensure consistency, use the art as it is. Do not separate or alter the components.
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Role & Symbolism
The seal should be used only for official University business and is meant to symbolize permanence.
The Latin seal is used as the University’s imprimatur in certain formal circumstances and official documents, such as documents from the President’s Office or other high-level administration offices.
The seal adds authority and authenticity to important documents, including diplomas.
Don’t use the seal in less formal applications, such as documents related to routine events or athletic competitions. The Latin version of the seal is to be reserved for only the most formal applications—diplomas, event invitations, and other high-level and appropriate materials.
The English version of the seal is intended for slightly wider usage in and around campus.
As with the Latin seal, the English seal adds authority where it is used.
This seal is also one of the university’s registered trademarks and may be used on merchandise by licensed vendors.
The English version has wider application, but should still be reserved for use when the academic mark would not be suitable.
Use the seal in less formal applications, such as documents related to routine events or athletic competitions.
The current Latin seal was designed in 1931. The outer ring contains the words Sigillum Universitatis Dominae Nostrae a Lacu, which translates to “The seal of the University of Notre Dame du Lac.”
The English version of the seal evolved through the 1950s, the first trademarked use was in January 1963. This version is also a registered trademark of the University; therefore, it may be used for appropriately suited materials.