Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Desrene L. Vernon


This essay focuses on the significance of the symbols used within the official seal of Andrews University. The official seal of an institution describes the origins, foundations, and the authority that the institution carries. The analysis focused on these particular sections: "Andrews University," "1874," and the pyramid. A concise analysis was made on the other elements of the seal: the colors blue and gold, Corpus, Mens, Spiritus; and the cross-like structure within the middle of the seal. Past and current university personnel were consulted for interviews and for clarification of material. The results revealed that the official seal of Andrews University carries an arbitrary and mythic significance to the institution.

Subject Area

Universities and colleges--Seal