Fun UM Facts:
Orange, Green, and White
UM's school colors were selected in 1926. The colors of the Florida orange tree represent UM. Orange symbolizes the fruit of the tree, green represents the leaves and white, the blossoms.
The Great Seal
The current University Great Seal, designed in 1966, includes the Latin motto, Magna Est Veritas, or "Great is Truth." It also displays a key to signify the unlocking of learning, a book (the traditional symbol of the repository of knowledge), and a flaming torch for freedom and the spirit of learning.
The Hurricanes were named for the 1927 football team that swept away its opponents. In their first season, the Hurricanes went undefeated (8-0).
Sebastian the Ibis
Folklore maintains that the Ibis, a symbol of knowledge found in the Everglades and Egypt, is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane and the first to reappear after the storm. The local marsh bird was considered UM's first unofficial mascot when the school yearbook adopted the name "Ibis" in 1926.