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Graduation Guide: Berklee's Seal, Motto, and Official Colors

Seal and Motto

The Berklee seal has been a symbol of the college since its earliest years.





The seal uses the traditional "shield" as its basic design. The upper left quadrant is adorned by the classic "B" for Berklee. The lower right quadrant is inscribed with the college's motto. The surrounding ribbon is inscribed with the name of the college.

Berklee's motto is Esse quam videri. The translation of this Latin phrase is "to be, rather than to seem" or "to be, rather than to appear to be."

Official Colors

The official colors of Berklee College of Music are red and gray.