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Old Dominion University (U.S.)


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Description of the flag

From the website of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia,

"The flag of the university has a royal blue background, with the seal of the university in color in the center. The proportion of the length of the flag to the width is 3 to 2, and the proportion of the width of the flag to the diameter of the seal is 2 to 1. If a fringe is used, it shall be gold and shall be 1/20th of the length of the flag."
"The president shall be responsible for establishing policies governing the display of the flag."

The seal is described as follows:
"The central portion of the seal is a modified and simplified version of the Stuart arms, royal arms of the Stuart rulers of England at the time Virginia became known as the Old Dominion. Included therein are the shields of the kingdoms of England, Scotland, Ireland, and France, the last of which England still claimed at the time. Over this is placed the coat of arms of the College of William and Mary, granted by the Herald's College in 1694, to indicate the origin of the university. Within concentric circles around the shields are the name of the institution and the date of its founding as follows: 'Old Dominion University 1930.' "

"The university colors are blue (PMS 540) and silver and were selected to be highly distinctive and unique to Old Dominion University. In applications where silver may not be used, grey (PMS 429) should be substituted."

Official image of the seal is at

Ned Smith, 25 November 2005

The university seal is based not on the royal arms of Great Britain (certainly not England!) but on the arms used by the Colony of Virginia, and before that by the Virginia Company: white with a red St. George's cross between crowned shields of the then-arms of England (France Modern quartering England) in the 1st and 4th quarters, Scotland in the 2nd, and Ireland in the 3rd.
Joe McMillan, 25 November 2005