Union College changes motto after 220 years

Motto now reads (“Under the laws of Minerva, we all become brothers and sisters."
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Union College changes motto after 220 years


In a move that supporters believe is long overdue, the College will modify its centuries-old motto to add the French word for “sisters.”

Under the change, which was recently approved by the Board of Trustees, Union’s motto now reads Sous les lois de Minerve nous devenons tous frères et sœurs (“Under the laws of Minerva, we all become brothers and sisters”).

This replaces the original French motto, Sous les lois de Minerve nous devenons tous frères (“Under the laws of Minerva we all become brothers"), which was adopted shortly after Union’s founding in 1795.

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