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Grant MacEwan University

Edmonton, Alberta
Confirmation of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
May 20, 2010
Vol. V, p. 516

Arms of Grant MacEwan University

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Blazon

Arms

Azure on a rose Argent a plate fimbriated Azure;

Crest

A sparrow wings elevated and addorsed perched on a walking-staff fesswise proper;

Supporters

Two griffins per fess Azure and Argent beaked and membered Argent standing on a compartment of prairie grass set with wild roses proper;

Motto

DISCENDO FLOREMUS;


Symbolism

Arms

Blue and white are the academic colours of the University. The rose refers to the wild rose, the provincial floral emblem. The circle is a symbol of the never-ending process of learning, as well as of inclusiveness. As a circle, it also relates to the earliest inhabitants of the area and as a component of the medicine wheel, a First Nations symbol.

Crest

The sparrow was an important bird for Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan (1902-2000), the University’s namesake and a former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. It is mentioned in his personal creed, written in 1969. Its outstretched wings indicate aspiration and striving. The walking stick is something Dr. MacEwan carved and is now used as the University mace.

Supporters

The griffin is the symbol of the University’s sports teams (the MacEwan Griffins), symbolizing courage, swiftness and excellence. The prairie grass and wild roses indicate Alberta.

Motto

The Latin sentence means “Through learning we flourish”.