The William & Mary Griffin is the university’s official mascot and is always represented with official artwork. Because the university’s athletic identity is the “Tribe” and not the “Griffins,” it is essential that the Griffin be portrayed in a way that causes no confusion or uncertainty on that point. In order to communicate this clearly, the Griffin most often appears accompanied by mention of the Tribe.

At William & Mary, the word Tribe is synonymous with community. It speaks to our shared commitment to each other and to our passion and pride for this venerable university and the beloved traditions that bring us together.


Depictions of the Griffin should never deviate from the official illustrations. Portions (crops) of the Griffin’s official artwork may be used at the communicator’s discretion, but this must be practiced with care and under the review of peer communicators.