Seal of the University

The arms of the University of Portland are a green shield bearing a silver cross moline and crossed anchors. Beneath the cross and anchors are six wavy bars of silver and blue and on a blue chief, an open book with gold clasps. This is an adaptation of the arms of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the city of Portland. The motto is placed on a scroll under the shield and is “Veritas vos liberabit” (“The truth will set us free”). The supporters flanking the coat of arms are limbs of oak and laurel, symbolic of strength and success.

The University’s logo for marketing and advancement purposes was designed to reflect the shield found in the University Seal.