At the head of Abbey Lane is the seal of Belmont Abbey College, a symbol that tells the story of the college’s history. A Latin phrase encircling the symbol connotes the “Seal of Belmont Abbey College” and the college’s founding year of 1876. To the sides of the interior shield are two laurel branches, an ancient emblem for education. Above the shield is an abbreviated Latin phrase, U.I.O.G.D., associated with the Benedictine order: Ut in omibus glorificetur Deus (That in all things God may be glorified). In the interior of the shield are ten stars. These symbolize the first ten choir monks of the Abbey of Mary Help of Christians (the future Belmont Abbey). The lion represents and of Abbot Leo Haid, the first abbot of the monastery (and a play on the Latin word for lion, leo).
A special procession down Abbey Lane marks the end of the academic year: graduation. In May the year’s graduates proceed down the heart of the old campus to the front of the Abbey Basilica, to receive their degrees and academic honors. This annual event connects the students of today with those first students who arrived to campus in 1876.