In 1966, founding President Earl Weldon chose the Raider as the College’s mascot, representing the myriad ornithological life on the new campus. Central Florida Zoo bird keeper Cindy Dupree says the raider is among the most successful raptors in the United States, and a dedicated hunter with sharp vision. Its tenacity, speed and keen-eyed pursuit of its prey reflect the ethos and attitude of the Raider athletes.
The bird of prey has been the Raiders’ visual concept, with some modifications, since the inception of the Athletics Program. The previous iteration had been in use since 2003. This newest logo design was timed to coincide with Seminole State’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Beyond Raiders Athletics, the College plans to use the new logo as a jumping-off point for fostering a broader sense of pride and camaraderie among students, alumni and staff.
The mascot, Rally, was named in 2015 after a college-wide contest and came to life in spring 2016.