January 29, 2007

Alma Mater (We of AUC)

We of AUC Forever
Raise our voices now together
Time and place shall never sever
We of AUC

College Days and mem'ry

Games, defeat, or victory,
On and all emotions call
And bind our hearts in loyalty together,
Shoulder let us stand to shoulder
Pledge our love as life grows older
Courage ever making bolder
We of AUC

May thy torch eternal burning
Light for us the lamp of learning
That our souls, the truth discerning
Count for AUC

We thy mem'ry treasure,
strive to do thy pleasure
Causing right to conquer might
To give to thee our love in fullest measure,
Holding ever bright before us,
Those ideals our college bore us,
Raising up a mighty chorus,
To our AUC

Posted this because I had to sing it for graduation. Must still be part of the graduation ceremonies at AUC. However while in a nostalgic mood, I could not find it anywhere on the www.
So I thought maybe some AUC alumni would like to remember what they were singing out loud as a replacement to National Anthems or for some as an addenda to their own set of beliefs. I decided to go to AUC and try to find out where could I find it.
I tried the bookshop. It wasn't available. I then went to the Alumni office where I found that text I was looking for but also I found out about a story that I cannot confirm or deny. It seems the Alma mater was not part of the graduation ceremonies during some years. Could not find out the exact dates when this was not sung but it seems to me it was discarded sometime towards the end of the 50's and came back slightly changed in the mid to late 70's.
The big change was that "We" replaced "Men" in the text. There must have been some more changes, but I unfortunately could not find out anymore details.


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