The distinguished Providence University seal has a remarkable history that can be traced back to France. It was designed by an American Sister of Providence University of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Sister Agnes Clare.
In its original state the seal had several colors; however, Providence University typically displays the seal in the color gold.
The "M" signifies a reverence for Mary the Mother of Jesus, the three eaglets on the right represent the Christian belief in the Holy Trinity, the tree symbolizes growth, the two crosses stand for the Catholic understanding of redemption and the crown is that of the du Roscoat family of France.
The words "virtue and knowledge" were chosen by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.