Yale University Coat of Arms

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Coat of arms of Yale University

The Yale University coat of arms is the primary emblem of Yale University. It has a field of the color Yale Blue with an open book and the Hebrew words Urim and Thummim inscribed upon it in Hebrew script.[1] Below the shield on a ribbon appears Yale's official motto, Lux et Veritas (Latin for "Light and Truth").


The first known seal of Yale appears on the master's diploma of its future president Ezra Stiles in 1746. In addition to the Hebrew words "Urim w'Thummim" inscribed on two books on a shield, it had the Latin words Lux et Veritas surrounding the shield.

The Hebrew words Urim and Thummim are used due to a belief among scholars at the time that "Light and Truth" was an adequate translation for these words.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How Hebrew Came to Yale". www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  2. ^ "Yale Alumni Magazine: The Yale Seal (March 2001)". archives.yalealumnimagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24.