Texas Tech University

Mace & College Banners

The Texas Tech University Mace

Commencement MaceThe Texas Tech University Presidential Mace is the symbolic staff of power and authority of the University. The mace is crowned by a flame symbolizing the Light of Knowledge. It is constructed of lathed and molded bronze that has been covered with a layer of 24K gold. The school crest is presented on either side directly under the flame. Hand-rubbed black walnut has been used for the connecting shafts.

The mace was designed by Robly A. Glover (pictured above carrying the mace), an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University. Mr. Glover's artwork is shown throughout the United States. His work has recently been included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.


The Texas Tech University Banners

Commencement BannersTech's banners are patterned on military, political, and economic guild insignia thousands of years old. Known as gonfalons today, they most closely resemble Renaissance Italian city-state flags individually designed by academic units in the university.

Faculty Banner

Faculty BannerThe Faculty Banner is predominantly red and black, the colors of Texas Tech University. It bears an image of the seal of Texas Tech, designed by William Ward Watkin in 1924. The shield itself is a black escutcheon quartered by a red cross, on which are arrayed nine cotton bolls, symbolic of the importance of cotton to West Texas and evoking the university’s original mission "to provide students with a thorough education in textiles and technical engineering."

The shield features emblems evoking community: in the upper left quadrant, a book, symbolic of Church as well as academic traditions; in the upper right a star evoking the Lone Star of the State of Texas; in the lower left a key, representing home; and in the lower right a lamp, the symbol of knowledge, representing academia. Above the shield, an eagle, the national bird of the United States, spreads its wings. Mindful of the claims of all these communities, the faculty of the university preserve, transmit, and create knowledge.

College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

CASNR BannerCollege banner was recently redesigned and the new banner was first used in the December 2005 Graduation. The actual design was Dr. Marvin Cepica’s with approval and input from the College Marketing Committee.

The background color of maize was established by the Intercollegiate Code to represent the learning discipline of agriculture. The new design more accurately reflects the more modern and global agricultural and natural resources industry.

College of Architecture

Architecture BannerThe academic colors, purple and gold, are represented in the College of Architecture banner. The Ionic Column symbol references the Architecture Traditions.

The banner was designed by Bill Felty, a retired Associate Dean for the College of Architecture.

College of Arts & Sciences

Arts and Science BannerEmblazoned with the red and black of Texas Tech University, the banner for the College of Arts & Sciences reflects its role as the largest and most diverse college in the university. Comprising sixteen departments, the prominently featured "A&S" characters intertwine to symbolize the integration of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, and Mathematics. As the largest of the original four schools, the College of Arts & Sciences stands at the center of the academic life of Texas Tech University by virtue of its contributions to the educational experience of every undergraduate student and its prominent role in graduate education and research.

Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration

Business Administration BannerOur banner was a collaborative effort of the Undergraduate Services Center quite a while back. Our official "color" was maize and that is the background color. Centered is a map of the world with a double T over the countries. Below the world are the words, "Excellence in a Global Market".

The banner symbolizes the globalization of the business environment in the world today.

College of Education

Education BannerThe academic color, light blue, is represented in the College of Education banner. In the center is the traditional Double T representing Texas Tech University.

Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering

Engineering BannerThe banner of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering features the seal of the college set on a field of orange, the academic color for engineering.

The seal of the college, inspired by a 2009 design by chemical engineering student Unwana Essien, is encircled with a border of red, white, and black, symbolizing the spirit of Texas Tech University and the Red Raiders. The two stars represent the ethical duty of engineers to themselves and society. The four symbols in the center of the seal stand for the foundations of engineering:

  • The light bulb, surrounded by the ribbon and questions, represents the inspiration of engineers to answer questions and solve problems.
  • The square globe represents the engineer’s work as building blocks for the world.
  • The hammer and screwdriver represent the practical application of the engineer’s work.
  • The atomic figure surrounding the beaker represent the confluence of math, science, and technology in the mind of the engineer.

Graduate School

Graduate School BannerThe Graduate School banner has a dark blue background, with a lighter blue circle around a white circle. Inside the white circle is an open gold book and a gold burning lamp design. The open book symbolizes "knowledge" and the burning lamp symbolizes "a light to study by".

The Graduate School banner was designed by Dr. Thomas Langford and Ms. Peggy Edmonson.

Honors College

Honors BannerThe Honors College banner is light blue, a traditional color associated with the Honors program at TTU. On it is placed a dark blue silhouette of the bell tower on the administration building, an icon for the university. Superimposed on the bell tower is the birds image taking flight from a book, symbolizing how learning allows imagination and creativity to take flight.

This is the traditional image of the TTU Honors Program/College. This image is done in gold. Finally, in white letters, the words "University Honors College" are emblazoned at the bottom.

College of Human Sciences

Human Sciences BannerThe design of the banner was adapted by Dr. Steven M. Harris, Associate Dean for Academics from an original symbol created by Dr. Ben Goh of the Hospitality Administration program in the college. The design displays three faces, a man, a woman, and a child each of a different color. The diversity of the faces and ages represent the families and communities that our programs serve.

The image of the globe represents our awareness that the education students receive and the research and outreach the faculty conducts is intended to make a difference in the lives of more than just our immediate community but that all humans are connected in a larger, global community.

The words, "Improving and Enhancing the Human Condition" come directly from the college’s mission statement and sum up the fact that our teaching, research, and service efforts all focus on improving and enhancing life as an overarching goal.

College of Media and Communication

Media And Communication BannerCommunication is sharing information. The College of Media and Communication’ banner, created in 2004, illustrates waves of information emanating from a single point – one voice heard by many. Because clear communication never loses touch with its audience, each wave of information connects at its foundation, yet aims ambitiously upward and outward without limits.

The three waves represent the evolution of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University from a department, to a school and to a college. The three waves also represent the three majors offered when the department was formed in 1970 – journalism, advertising and telecommunications.

The red presents the universally recognized color for journalism and journalism represents the common core for Media and Communication. The white represents honesty, decency and purity.

College of Visual & Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts BannerThe College of Visual & Performing Arts banner is black with a blue drape surmounted by a silver swathe that evokes the creative energy infused in all the arts. The top of the banner features the words “College of Visual & Performing Arts,” in silver, linked by a dynamic red ampersand representing the merging of three departments into the college.

Centered in the banner is the college’s original award-winning logo designed by the Price Group in 2002, the same year the college was founded. The logo is a circle divided into three sectors, each representing one of the three units of the college: a blue eye for the School of Art, a red lyre for the School of Music, and a golden spotlight for the Department of Theatre & Dance. All three artistic icons are encased by a circular banner which reads “Texas Tech University.” The shape of the banner was selected through a student competition, and the banner was made by personnel in the Costume Shop of the Department of Theatre & Dance.