During the 2014-2015 academic year, the College began the process of identifying a mascot that would reflect institutional pride and personify school spirit. NOVA students, faculty and staff were invited to enter names through an online suggestion box. A representative student committee reviewed the submissions and then the top five selections were placed on a ballot for voting. Nighthawks was the winner.
After the Nighthawks name was chosen in spring 2015, students from NOVA’s Alexandria Campus Communication Design Program designed several mascot logos. NOVA students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity to vote for the top five designs and the design created by NOVA student Jennifer Bradley earned the most votes. The logo was finalized in fall 2015.
The NOVA Nighthawks mascot logo is used for student life and athletics publications and advertisements, on the College website and various collateral materials, on merchandise for sale in NOVA bookstores, and on sports uniforms and equipment. It is not a substitute for NOVA's official logo and should not be used in place of the College's logo.