During the 2014-2015 academic year, NOVA began the process to identify a mascot that would reflect institutional pride and personify school spirit as part of NOVA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. NOVA’s students, faculty and staff were invited to enter up to three possible names through an online suggestion box. Hundreds of suggestions were submitted. Next, a representative student committee reviewed all of the submissions to determine the top choices.
The top five choices were placed on a ballot for voting. Nighthawk was the winner! Look for the Nighthawk appearing in campus bookstores and on NOVA athletic fields.
NOVA student Jennifer Bradley’s design won. The winning design was finalized in Fall 2016.