Saturday, June 6, 2009
From 1909-1947, Florida State University was known as Florida State College for Women. Agnes Granberry, an art student and member of the Class of 1912, created the original design for the school motto and seal: three torches side by side with the words Vires, Artes, Mores imprinted on a ribbon entwined through them. Vires: strength; Artes: skill; Mores: customs. The triple purpose of the college was to prepare its students physically, mentally, and morally to produce Femina Perfecta, the completed woman. After World War II ended, the college became coeducational. That was pretty lucky for me because that's when my father transferred to FSU and promptly met my mother!