Adopted by the board of trustees on December 7, 1885, the seal represents the university’s dedication to the advancement of knowledge in service to the community and the world. The design originates from the collaborative work of Baltimore historian Clayton C. Hall, Esq., and Stephen Tucker, Esq., the Somerset Herald at the College of Arms in London.
The university seal may be used only for official, legal, and ceremonial purposes. It is reserved for formal applications in which few, if any, other graphic elements compete for attention.
The seal can never be altered or varied.
The full-color seal of Johns Hopkins University is reserved for official documents—including diplomas, presidential and trustee minutes, and other legal, academic, or official university documentation—or for the highest awards and certificates.
The single-color seal may be used for formal occasions and products, including items for Commencement; specific gift items in brass, silver, or pewter; appropriate clothing (blazers, not T-shirts); stationery; and university chairs. DO NOT use the official seal in combination with the logo.
To request use of the seal, please contact us.