Alma Mater

Origins

It graces every Commencement ceremony. It closes every Legacy Brunch. It rings from the bell tower on Cox Hall every day at noon.

Emory's Alma Mater was written by J. Marvin Rast (1918C 1929T), a campus leader from Louisville, Georgia, who sang in the Glee Club and was elected to membership in the DVS Senior Society. The original version, since revised, was first performed at Emory's Commencement in 1918.

As with hundreds of alma maters for high schools, colleges, and universities, it is sung to the tune, "Annie Lisle."

Text of the Alma Mater

In the heart of dear old Emory
Where the sun doth shine,
That is where our hearts are turning
'Round old Emory's shrine.

We will ever sing thy praises,
Sons and daughters true.
Hail we now our Alma Mater,
Hail the gold and blue!

Tho' the years around us gather,
Crowned with love and cheer,
Still the memory of old Emory
Grows to us more dear.

We will ever sing thy praises,
Sons and daughters true.
Hail we now our alma mater,
Hail the gold and blue!