The seal of the university was adopted by the Board of Trustees on April 26, 1803. The university seal quotes the Latin poet Ovid, "Emollit Mores Nec Sinit Esse Feros," which is translated as "Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel."

Beneath the words stand the figures of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, and Liberty. Minerva's shield is decorated with the seal of the state of South Carolina. Together, the words and image remind us that a university education builds not only intellect, but also character. The Latin inscription below the figures is the school name and founding year of 1801.

Use of the seal is restricted and requires permission from the secretary of the Board of Trustees. The seal is primarily used to identify formal university occasions such as university commencements and board matters.

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The .zip download folder contains EPS, PDF and high-resolution JPEG files of both standard and linear logo versions of the University logo.