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University of Alaska (U.S.)

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By the way, the University of Alaska has a flag representing the entire system of its three (competing!) university campuses. It is composed of four vertical stripes of equal width, with the colors green, white, blue, yellow (I think this order, could be yellow then blue, but not likely), representing all the school colors of the three campuses, with the seal superimposed in the center. The seal of the university is circular with an image of the summit of Denali (Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America and visible from the main campus in Fairbanks) and the motto "ad summum." Usually the year 1917 is included at the bottom (the year it was founded), but sometimes 1922 (the year it actually opened) or even 1923 (the year of the first graduate). 1917 is most common. This flag only flew in front of buildings that contained offices of the Statewide System administration, and not on every building on a campus.

The evolution of the University of Alaska seal can be found on this webpage.

Michael Wilson, 17 May 2004