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Inaugural Traditions

University Seal

The seal of The University of Texas at Tyler features a shield divided into two fields. In the upper field is an open book, a fitting symbol of an institution of learning. In the lower and larger field are the historic wreath, comprised of an olive branch and a live oak branch, and star of the Great Seal of the State of Texas. The shield rests within a circle bearing the motto Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis, which is the late Dr. Edwin W. Fay’s terse Laten rendering of the quotation from Mirabeau B. Lamar, “cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.” 

University Mace

The university mace is a ceremonial staff of authority that university administrators and faculty carry to lead academic processions. The mace symbolizes the unique character, mission and values of the university, and it represents the university’s power to grant degrees.

University Medallion

The university medallion is crafted for the president to wear at commencement and other academic events that require regalia. The links of the medallion are engraved with the names of the university’s presidents with the medal itself bearing the official university seal.


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