The University Seal & Hymn

UST Seal - 2016-PresentThe University Seal

The present Seal of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is likened to a shield, quartered by the Dominican Cross on which is superimposed the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of Catholic schools, after whom the university is named.

On the upper left corner is the Papal Tiara, indicating the pontifical roots of the university. The upper right shows the lion, which is derived from the seal of Spain, indicative of royal patronage throughout the greater part of the university’s centuries-old existence. The lower left quadrant contains an image of a sea-lion, from the old seal of the City of Manila, the capital of the country, symbolizing that this university is a part of the Republic of the Philippines. The rose on the lower right corner is a symbol of the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under whose care the university was placed from its very beginnings.

The symbols are set in gold on a field of light blue, to honor the Marian color. The cross, however, is in black and white, the Dominican colors.

The University Hymn

Past UST Seals

1619-1733

This is the oldest seal of the University, first seen in the Libros de Piques, an examination book found at the UST Archives.

1734-1855

Here, an icon of St. Thomas Aquinas is seen.

1733-1854

An alternative seal was used, featuring the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas and the dog with the torch associated with St. Dominic de Guzman.

1868-1935

This seal shows the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1937-1946

This seal shows a seal referencing to the Philippines, the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1957-1983

This seal shows a seal referencing to the Philippines, the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1983-2012

This seal shows the following elements: the Sun of St. Thomas Aquinas, the cross of the Order of Preachers, the Papal Tiara, the Lion symbolizing Spain, the Sealion symbolizing Manila, and the Marian Rose.