The Seal of the Regents of the University of Minnesota

The seal was adopted by the Board of Regents in 1939 as the corporate seal of the University of Minnesota. The Latin motto, Omnibus artibus commune vinculum, means "a common bond for all the arts." The lamp represents the metaphysical sciences, the telescope the physical sciences, the plow the industrial arts and the palette and brushes the fine arts.

Use of the Regents Seal by University Colleges and Departments

Unlike the wordmark or the block M, the Regents seal is not a graphic identifier available for common use in publications. The seal represents the Regents of the University of Minnesota; its presence on University publications, documents and certificates implies board approval or authority.

The Office of the Board of Regents has established the Regents Seal Use and Reproduction Standards (PDF) governing the official and unofficial use and reproduction of the seal. Questions about appropriate use or requests for approval may be directed to the Office of the Board of Regents. 

Additional information about the seal can be found in Board of Regents Policy: Founding Date, Corporate Name and Seal, and University Marks (PDF).