Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

To celebrate the move to the new campus in 1936, the student body offered a cash prize to the person who created the best college seal. Sophomore Gertrude Paterson won the $5 prize for her design. The first designs submitted were modifications of well-known college seals, and Dr. William T. Boyce pushed for a unique seal that used a searchlight motif. At a meeting, he went to the blackboard, drew a circle, and sketched on it a searchlight with beams funneling out to space. Paterson used the searchlight to focus on the college motto, and the rectangles on the left to symbolize the pillars of the new buildings under construction. The school motto was later removed from the seal.