Traditions

graduates holding hands

About the Stockton Seal

The seal is literally “rooted” in the history and location of the university. The original logo includes stylized tree branches in recognition of Stockton’s location in the Pinelands and its early commitment to the environment. Over the years it has grown as a symbol of unity, inclusivity and celebration – core values of Stockton from its very beginning. The branches are touching to represent the grasping of outstretched hands reaching out to each other and reaching in aspiration to the sky. This long-standing tradition of inclusivity, is displayed in our celebration of commencement, where students, faculty and staff, with raised arms and joined hands, unite in the singing of the university’s Alma Mater: Ospreys on Parade. Our seal truly represents the spirit of the Stockton experience, which has always been and will remain, “an environment for excellence” where you can “plant yourself and grow.”

The original logo was later incorporated into a seal that was supplemented with other images representing key elements of the university, as described below:

The Seal of Stockton University

Original Logo

Original Logo

The original official logo of Stockton State College as approved by the first Board of Trustees. The ribbon highlights the year in which the college was established.

Rampant Lion

Rampant Lion

Adopted from the Richard Stockton family crest, this represents courage and strength.

Book & Candle

Book & Candle

This is a symbol of the enlightenment to be gained through lifelong learning.

Tree

Tree

This image characterizes the Pinelands locale of Stockton's campus.

Osprey

Osprey

Stockton's official mascot, native to our region and saved from extinction through the efforts of Stockton faculty, now names our renowned athletic teams.