Crest or Seal

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Colleges and universities have, for centuries, established a crest or seal which represents the heart and spirit of the institution to students, faculty, and staff.

Oak Valley’s inaugural class of students established the crest here to articulate its image of student purpose and success. The following describes the meaning and symbolism found in the seal.

The name of the College “Oak Valley” suggests a valley full of students who are like oak trees firmly planted along the waters of life and who delight in the Word of God (Ps 1).

At the center of the crest is a shield that represents the Christian faith with which we must necessarily equip ourselves (Eph 6:16). Inside the shield are balanced scales, which is a biblical symbol of just measurements in business transactions (Prov 16:11; 20:23) as well as our commitment to fair business practice. Below the shield is the Word of God, which must always be an open source for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). The laurel wreath classically represents the baccalaureate degree conferred upon graduation, but more importantly, the crown of life that is granted to those of the faith; faith that comes from hearing the Word of God (Jas 1:12; Rom 10:17).

The Latin motto Negotiamini Patris Nostri translates as “About the Business of Our Father” which captures our supreme motive as a Christian business college. The opening year of our academic program is here identified as 2016 by the Roman numerals MMXVI.

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe - as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
— 1 Corinthians 3:5-9