Michigan | Nike

Maize and Blue



Maize + Blue. Two distinct colors. Like the Block M and The Victors, maize and blue are as prominent and uniting as any element of our history and tradition. They are a powerful, unique combination that sets us apart and is instantly recognizable.

The first noted reference to our colors dates to 1859 when a deep blue ribbon was affixed to a University diploma. Eight years later, a group of students formally met and adopted azure blue and maize as the official school colors. The exact colors were specified in 1912, when school officials chose fabric ribbons depicting the actual shades. And the rest is history.

With the launch of our partnership with NIKE, we return to our roots and a true Michigan maize that perfectly complements our Michigan blue.