Gonfalons

The gonfalon, a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in the medieval republics of Italy as an ensign of state or office. Gonfalons have been adopted in many universities around the world as college or institutional insignias.

The gonfalons displayed represent the colleges of Texas A&M University. The colors of the University, maroon and white, are joined together in a pattern common to all of the flags. The top portion is the designated color for each unit. The white field serves as a background for the symbol of each.

To help identify each gonfalon, the discipline colors and description are as follows:

College
Gonfalon

Discipline Color

Gonfalon Description

College of Agriculture and Life Science
maize On a ground of white appears an emerging sun of yellow and russet rays. Yellow, the discipline color of science, russet, the discipline color of natural resources, and the center orange, color of engineering, combine to illustrate the intellectual interest in human and biological systems and structures. The interweaving ring encompasses the dawn making a full circle of life.
College of Architecture
brown The inner triangle represents the essential insight of the social, economic, and political forces that shape our environment.  The surrounding pyramid is an ancient symbol of the creative intellect. The interweaving bands of white below the pyramid form the necessary interaction of science and art.
Mays Business School
drab The golden knot symbolizes unity and coordination of the disciplines of business administration. Surrounding the golden knot, a field of purple represents the rank of authority. The foundation of lozenges under the triangle illustrates the flow of order.
College of Education and Human Development
light blue The flourishing flame blazoned with gold, light blue and royal purple signifies the burning zeal of the three missions of education--teaching, research and service. The hands hold the spiritual, social and intellectual flame of education.
College of Engineering
golden poppy As the triangles collaborate alongside each other, projecting a diamond shape, they depict the strong relationship between the diverse engineering disciplines. The use of mathematics, science and technology provide the foundation of solving today’s challenging ideas between and within each engineering department. The center illustrates a circuit board to express the continuing growth in technology and engineering today, resulting in new industries and opportunities. The cohesive elements of this design work together as a whole symbolizing communication, interaction, teamwork, and balance in Engineering as the green, blue and navy color palette represents energy, loyalty, wisdom, professionalism and ambition.
College of Geosciences
blue The white field reveals a yellow sun representing our surrounding atmosphere. The mountain peaks and the horizontal band of golden land represent the lithosphere. The banded waves of white signify the hydrosphere. The atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere form the total environment for life in our world.
Bush School of Government and Public Service
dark blue The star symbolizes pride and heritage in our great state of Texas. The two lines on either side of the star represent our connection with the past, and with the future, in an effort to build on experiences from history, while contributing and presenting new opportunities to future generations.
School of Law
purple With its emphasis on peace, the olive leaves embody one of the most important tenets of the successful practice of law. Rounding inward, the leaves also echo that most meaningful symbol of the Aggie Ring - a unifying and unending circle of camaraderie and fellowship.
 
The Lady Justice symbolizes the attributes our graduates have mastered as they enter their legal careers. Through the principles of strength (sword), fairness (scale), and objectivity (blindfold), Aggie Lawyers are prepared to represent our University honorably. 
 
With a nod to Texas A&M’s Core Values, the six stars acknowledge the attributes of Respect, Leadership, Loyalty, Excellence, Selfless Service, and Integrity, characteristics that define each one of our graduates.
College of Liberal Arts
white  The golden torch symbolizes the various disciplines lighting the path to our goal, “Knowledge for Life.” The circle of blue, the traditional color of knowledge, represents the college’s unending, unbroken commitment to scholarship, learning, and responsible citizenship.
College of Medicine
hunter green The white field provides a background for the Aesculapian staff and serpent, long used as the symbol of the healing arts. The green color is the same displayed on the hoods of the robes worn for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
College of Nursing
apricot The stars on the College of Nursing gonfalon represent caring, innovation and empowerment, while the cross symbolizes the origins of nursing. The candle honors the founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale.
Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
olive green The mortar and pestle on the College of Pharmacy gonfalon symbolize the tools of traditional pharmacy. The Rx is from the Latin, "Take thou."
School of Public Health
salmon The anchor and caduceus are adapted from the national Public Health Service, which evolved from the Marine Hospital Service to the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, and finally became the U.S. Public Health Service. The star represents the linkage of the School of Public Health with the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the State of Texas.
College of Science
golden yellow This symbol's segments represent the five departments of the College of Science--Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. The interweaving of each depicts their close relationship to each other. The inner quilting represents the intellectual search in science and its continuing growth.
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
gray Resting upon a ground of purity, a white snake stands for the science and art of prevention, cure or alleviation of disease and injury to animals. It is found entwined around a herald's green staff--the symbol of service. The golden radiant triangle atop the Aesculapius illustrates the breadth of veterinary medical science.