University Coat of Arms

In June 1994, His Excellency the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada, presented the University of Alberta with its Coat of Arms. The full Coat of Arms is displayed at ceremonial occasions such as Convocation, and is used by the Chancellor, the titular head of the University. 

The symbolism of the University's Armorial Bearings (Coat of Arms) is:

  • Shield (centre) A representation of the topography of Alberta rendered in the colours of the University. At the base is a prairie wheat field symbolizing Alberta's agricultural industry. The wavy gold line above suggests the hills and rivers of Alberta and, in particular, the setting of the University campus. The top of the shield is in gold and separated from the rest of the shield by a line suggesting the Rocky Mountains. The book of learning dominates the design. 
  • Crest (top) A Grand-Duc d'Amerique, or Great Horned Owl, the provincial bird and an accepted symbol of knowledge. 
  • Supporters (left and right, respectively) The Pronghorn, taken from the Provincial Coat of Arms, and the golden bear, mascot of the University. Both wear collars of the University colours, as does the owl. 
  • Compartment (base) A grassy mound with wild roses, the floral emblem of Alberta. 
  • Motto (below base) 'Quaecumque vera' - whatsoever things are true (Phil 4:8).