Curry College today announced it will retire the Colonel as its mascot image.
“Our educational mission includes embracing difference, and continuing to create and uphold an inclusive, diverse community at Curry,” said President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. in a letter to the community. “It has become clear in a variety of ways that the Colonel mascot image has become a source of concern. In light of this, Curry College has made the decision to retire the Colonel mascot image.”
Curry has held both formal and informal campus discussions over the past year and a half to re-evaluate the College’s Colonel mascot and name through the lens of inclusion and respect which ultimately led to the decision.
The College determined that at this time, the existing interlocking “CC” logo be used, and will be utilized as the primary Athletics logo treatment for the College.
A survey of the larger campus community, including students and families, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be conducted on the continued use of the Colonels name. A committee will then be convened to document the survey findings (which will then be made available to the Curry community) and recommend next steps.
“Going forward, it is vital to continue to pursue discussions and make decisions that help us achieve our goal of Curry growing even stronger and closer as one community,” says President Quiqley. “Therefore, the College will continue to examine the name ‘Colonels’ this fall.”