Rutgers’ official seal is born of traditions centuries in the making.
The university’s motto, “Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also,” appears in Latin in the inner ring, surrounding a stylized sunburst. The motto is an adaptation of the motto of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, connoting the original college’s early affiliation with the Dutch Reformed Church. It is today interpreted as a request for the enlightenment of learning to shine equally upon the New World.
The official seal has very limited use, primarily on official university documents. It may be used by university offices, with authorization, as a design element on important ceremonial communications, such as formal invitations. All such uses require the prior approval of the Office of the Vice President for University Communications and Marketing.