The name NOTRE DAME was suggested by Rev. Fr. Joseph Boyd, OMI, as a tribute to Our Lady, Mother Mary, to whom the Oblate Congregation and the Philippines are dedicated. On the upper right section of the  scutcheon are THREE STARS representing the Philippines. At the center are: a LILY flower, which in religious iconography, represents the Virgin Mary, Our Lady (Notre Dame), the principal patroness of the College; the  stylized initials OMI, which stands for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the founding Congregations which administers the College; a BOOK, signifying the educational ministry of the College; and a RAM’s HORN, the symbol of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, denoting Notre Dame of Midsayap College as the pioneer Notre Dame School of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Asia. On the lower left section of the escutcheon is an image of a STONE FORTRESS, representing the province of Cotabato (Kutang Bato) and on top of it, the SAYAP, a traditional Muslim hat, from which the name Midsayap is derived. Inscribed also in the seal is the date 13 June 1941, the beginning of Notre Dame of Midsayap, first as a High School, and then eventually growing into the College it is at present.


Below the shield are the Latin words, VITA AETERNA (Eternal Life), taken from the Gospel of John, chapter 17 verse 3: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Him whom You have sent, Jesus Christ.” This expresses the ultimate goal of NDMC’s service of education.