Carroll Community College Reveals the Name of the Lynx Mascot; Lightning the Lynx Made Its Debut at Special Ceremony

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., February 14, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll) revealed the name of its mascot, the Lynx, at the Welcome Back Brunch for students on February 6 in the Babylon Great Hall. The name Lightning was chosen from over 850 student submissions.

Lightning was honored by a Carroll staff and student performance of the song “Lynx Lightnin’,” adapted from the song “Greased Lightnin” famously sung by John Travolta and Jeff Conaway in the musical “Grease.”

After a campus-wide initiative to find a mascot that embodied the College’s character, Carroll chose the lynx, which was suggested by then student Ryan Barron of Westminster. Baron noted that the lynx was “relatable, yet ferocious” and that “the reason many people attend college is to increase their knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and since the lynx is also a constellation, I thought shooting for the stars is the embodiment of what Carroll is all about.”

Once the lynx was chosen, an internal team was formed to oversee the creation of the logo, which was revealed in September 2018. The logo incorporates the College’s colors of blue and white, along with stars as a nod to the Lynx constellation. Carroll President Dr. James D. Ball stated then that “the origin of the word lynx in Latin is lux, or light, and our mission is to enlighten our students through the rigorous education we offer.” During the Welcome Back Brunch, Ball said that “Lightning is the perfect name for our mascot, building off of the importance of education to spark a search for knowledge and to light the way for our students.”

The mascot and logo have become part of all aspects of life at the College including its sports teams.


Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at