The University of Chicago Seal

The presidential seal began life as the original University seal. Derived from the coat of arms, this circular emblem was easier to use with an embossing tool for marking diplomas, proclamations, and other documents. According to the University archives, the seal was designed in 1912 by the Boston firm of John Evans & Co., architectural sculptors for Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge of Boston, the firm then serving as the architects for the University of Chicago. The presidential seal is used for official documents of the University, such as diplomas.

NOTE: The presidential seal can only be used with permission from the Secretary of the University.


The University of Chicago Presidential Seal

With elements similar to those of the presidential seal, the University seal has been redrawn for broad application and digital use. It features the updated shield as well as the official founding date of the University. The University seal is used as a design element, particularly on merchandise. The University seal is NOT a replacement for the University logo.


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