Class Crests

Most faculty societies hold competitions each year for the design of the class crest that will be featured on their faculty's school jacket. It is recommended that the organizers of each class crest design competition submit the finalists to the Brand, Trademarks and Licensing Office for feedback prior to the selection of the winning crest. Final crest designs must be approved by Trademarks and Licensing prior to production. Below are the general guidelines for all class crest designs as well as the more specific criteria for each faculty.

General Class Crest Guidelines

All three Queen’s primary colours should appear in the design using the correct colour formulas:
Queen’s Blue – Pantone 295 – CMYK 100 / 63 / 0 / 67
Queen’s Gold – Pantone 124 – CMYK 0 / 29 / 100 / 1
Queen’s Red – Pantone 187 – CMYK 0 / 100 / 74 / 26

No other colours should be used prominently in the design with the exception of black or white (unless specified in the faculty-specific instructions below).

The Queen’s logo, nor any elements extracted from it, can be incorporated into class crest designs. This includes but is not limited to the crown, exact shield shape, interior symbols, and swash Q. This same rule applies to the sub-brand logos (Smith School of Business, Athletics, Alumni, and Bader College) with the one exception being the use of the Smith crown on Commerce class crests.

The trademarked words "Queen’s" or "Queen’s University" should not be included in the crest.

If the design includes a capital letter Q, the shape cannot be the same or confusingly similar to the swash Q in the Queen’s wordmark.
 

Faculty-specific Criteria

Medicine / Aesculapian Society

Crest design must include:

  • a capital letter Q, with a Q shape that is distinctly different from the swash Q in the Queen’s wordmark
  • the word ‘Meds’ or ‘Medicine’
  • the phrase ‘medicus manu et corde’
  • the four digits of the graduating year of the class or the last two digits of the graduating year
  • the staff of Aeculapius, with a serpent
  • a tudor crown, but the shape cannot be the same or confusingly similar to the crowns in the Queen’s University or Smith School of Business logos
  • a red maple leaf with eleven points and a stem

Commerce

Crest design must include:

  • the capitals letter Q and C, with a Q shape that is distinctly different from the swash Q in the Queen’s wordmark
  • the words ‘Smith’ and ‘Commerce’
  • the four digits of the graduating year of the class or the last two digits of the graduating year
  • the Smith crown
  • a maple leaf
  • the colours red (and/or maroon), gold, and black