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Syracuse Spirit

The Alma Mater

“Loyal be thy sons and daughters…”

SU’s Alma Mater was written by Junius W. Stevens, Class of 1895, while he was still a student. The song was first performed by the Glee Club on March 15, 1893, and struck such a chord with students, that it eventually became the official alma mater. In 1986, the next-to-last line, “May thy sons be leal and loyal” was changed to “Loyal be thy sons and daughters,” which better reflected SU’s co-educational past.

Join the University Singers as they perform the Alma Mater in the video below!

Where the vale of Onondaga
Meets the eastern sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater
On her hilltop high.

Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye,
Old Syracuse, o’er thee,
Loyal be thy sons and daughters
To thy memory.