The Seattle University Seal

The seal is the university’s formal emblem representing our traditions of academic excellence, Jesuit education, and the dynamic opportunities afforded by our location.

History of the Seal

Seattle University has had a formal seal for more than a century. During this time the seal has evolved through three changes. Each change has increased the impact and clarity of the symbolism of the seal. The seal has also changed to reflect the evolution of the university from Seattle College to Seattle University. The origin of the original seal is not known, but there is some indication that it was designed by the late James Brogan, SJ, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church. Father Brogan was instrumental in designing the seal of Gonzaga University as well. Sometime before 1956 the seal was refined by Neil Meany, SJ. The current refinement of the university seal was designed by David Balzer, Seattle University’s creative director, and formally approved by Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, in July 2003. The current seal was updated to reinforce the Jesuit tradition of Seattle University and to recognize the university’s location in the city of Seattle and the Northwest.

Hawk's UP!

How to do a hawks up:

  1. Hold your right hand up in front of your face, palm facing you.  Hold it there.
  2. Take your left hand, palm facing you, and cross it in front of your right hand linking your thumbs.
  3. Hawks up!

Do this when during free throws at a basketball game, in photos with other SU students, and when you're feeling particularly spirited about Seattle U!

Fans put their hands up in a

More SU Traditions

Students hold on to a rope to ring the chapel bell on campus

Ring the chapel bell

Ring in your time at SU during Orientation and signal your future success!

Signed incoming class banners hung in the student center

Sign your entering class banner

Write your name into SU history by signing your entering year banner

Students stand in an SU interlock pattern for their class photo

Hawks up at your class photo

Come and take your class photo - don't forget to put your hawks up!

The Seattle U Fight Song

Let's give a cheer for Seattle, Ol' Seattle U
Show them the fight of the Red & White
They will win for you
Fight, Fight, Fight
Over the foes we're victorious and victory is our cheer
So let's give a cheer
For the whole gang is here
To cheer you, Seattle U!
Over the foes we're victorious and victory is our cheer
So let's give a cheer for the whole gang is here to cheer you, Seattle U.


Need to sing along with our students?  Check out this video.