The university seal is reserved for use on approved official and presidential documents and events. Approved merchandise may also use the seal. For permission to use the seal, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-7448.
Guidelines for using the university seal:
The official Marquette seal, originally designed by Rev. Francis J. Kemphues, S.J., has been used since the beginning of the 1900s, when students wore it as a button. In 1907, the button design was changed to include the motto, Numen Flumenque, or God and the (Mississippi) River. During the 1994–95 academic year, the seal was modified to include the year of the university’s founding, 1881. Despite the modifications, today’s seal is much the same as the original design.
The seal comprises two parts enclosed within a blue circular band.
The upper half includes Numen Flumenque and the Loyola family's coat of arms to honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. The gold and red diagonal bands honor seven heroes from the House of Onaz, the maternal side of Ignatius’ lineage that distinguished itself in battle. The wolves symbolize the generosity of the House of Loyola: Even the wolves found something in the kettle on which to feast.
The lower half depicts Rev. Jacques Marquette, S.J., the 17th-century Jesuit missionary and explorer for whom the university is named. He lived among various Great Lakes tribes for nine years, seeking to win their commitment to the Gospel. Also depicted is an American Indian, representing the numerous native people who accompanied and guided Father Marquette on his explorations of the western Great Lakes and Mississippi River system.