U.S. Heraldic Registry
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Roll of Arms
Registration number 20061118A
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Roanoke College are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below
Arms: Azure a cross Or in the fist quarter a dogwood blossom Argent.
Motto: Palmam qui meruit ferat
Roanoake handbook and Joseph McMillan
The seal of the college was redesigned by Professor Guy A. Ritter and approved by the Board of Trustees in 1964. The formal seal shows a blue shield emblazoned with a gold cross, representing the college's relationship with the Lutheran Church. The lamp of knowledge sits above the shield. On the shield is a white dogwood flower, symbolic of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Latin motto on the ribbon beneath the shield honors academic achievement and translates as “Let him who earns the palm wear it,” symbolic of the palm leaf given in honor of excellence in ancient Greece.