Lowell House, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927I

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Lowell House, Harvard University in honor of the Lowell family are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Sable three arrows points to base held in a dexter hand couped Argent.
Crest: A stag’s head caboshed Argent a pheon Azure between its antlers.
Motto: Occasionem cognosce (Catch the opportunity)


Joo-Hee Chung, "What are the meanings of the house and graduate school shields?", Harvard Crimson 11/01/2001

Design rationale

The Lowell House shield is the only one with a motto in common use. It is a quote from a poem by Macchiavelli, and it means “recognize opportunity”: in other words, the familiar saying “Seize the Day.” There is no motto on the earlier arms of the Lowell family; most likely, Reverend John Lowell of Newburyport, the first one of the Lowell family to use arms in the United States, added the motto as a part of the family seal.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, L, H


Roll of Arms