The College Motto is Noblesse Oblige. It is an exhortation to the student that to be noble at all times is an obligation.
The central charge of the crest depicts a muscular right arm grasping a garb of wheat. The naked right arm is symbolic of industry or hard work. Wheat symbolizes faithfulness, while the garb of wheat symbolizes that the harvest of one's hopes has been secured.
The central charge is mounted on an open book, which is placed against a horizontal sword. The open book is a symbol of knowledge manifested and revealed, while the sword, in true knightly tradition symbolizes Justice and Military Honour.
The College Colours are azure and white. Azure signifies loyalty, chastity, truth, strength and faith. These are virtues that every student of the College should aspire to.
Significantly, the College Motto is imprinted on the open book. Thus the chief manifestation of knowledge for every student of the College is the cardinal virtue that every Colvinian is obliged to be noble.