College Seal

Stonehill’s seal includes symbols that illustrate the College’s origins and mission. Designed in 1951 and updated in 1997 by designer Matt Ralph of Plainspoke Design Co., the seal is reserved for special occasions and circumstances where a formal and ceremonial image is appropriate.

The original Stonehill College seal was designed circa 1951 by Brother Barnabus O'Toole, C.S.C., who was "secretary, housekeeper and sacristan" during the early years of the College.

The request for an official seal came from Stonehill's first students, and Brother Barnabus found inspiration in the crests of the Holy Cross Fathers and sister-school Notre Dame University, incorporating similar symbols and the College's motto, Lux et Spes: Light and Hope.

Given that the Congregation of Holy Cross founded Stonehill in 1948, it is only natural to find elements of the Congregation's identity within the College's crest. 

What does it mean?

The original seal of Stonehill College, designed by Brother Barnabus O'Toole, C.S.C. in 1951.You've seen it many times, on class rings, book covers, school pennants - but haven't you wondered what it was all about and why this little emblem is now an integral part of Stonehill?

When Stonehill was entering its second year, a group of students went to the President and requested that an official seal of the college be drawn. Brother Barnabus, C.S.C., who is a member of the mission band, was asked to draw a rough draft, and a professional artist completed the work.

The Official Interpretation:

  • The cross and open book are symbols of Christ, the Divine Teacher.
  • The cross and anchors are a symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
  • The star is the symbol of the Eastern Province of Our Lady of Holy Cross.
  • Lux et Spes, the three Latin words written on the book, is the college motto - Light and Hope.
  • The hill represents the hill on which the college is built.
  • The purple and white are the official colors of the school.
An excerpt from The Summit, December 1955

Downloads

The Stonehill College seal is not available for download due to the wide range of possible needs and available configurations. If you are considering using the seal, please contact marketing@stonehill.edu.

Permitted Uses

The Stonehill College seal is reserved for special occasions and circumstances where a formal and ceremonial image is appropriate. Use requires prior approval of the Marketing Department. If you are considering using the seal, please contact marketing@stonehill.edu.

Alternative Configurations

The Stonehill College seal is restricted from any type of manipulation and cannot be combined with any other graphic or logo. We respectfully ask that you do not attempt to alter the seal in any manner. If you are considering using the seal, please contact marketing@stonehill.edu.