Alma Mater

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MSU Shadows

The first stanza of the MSU Shadows, the University's Alma Mater, is sung at the end of the commencement ceremony.

The lyrics were written by Bernard Traynor (MSC Athletics, 1925-1927). The melody is based on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

It was not until March 30, 1949, after a vote by the students, that the popular song on campus
known as MSU Shadows was finally adopted as the official Alma Mater.


First Stanza Second Stanza
M.S.U., We love thy shadows,
when twilight silence falls,
flushing deep and softly paling,
o'er ivy-covered halls.
Beneath the pines we'll gather,
to give our faith so true,
Sing our love for Alma Mater,
and thy praises, M.S.U. 
When from thy scenes we wander
and twilight shadows fade,
Our mem'ry still will linger
where light and shadow play;
In the evening oft we'll gather
to pledge our faith anew,
Sing our love for Alma Mater
and thy praises, M.S.U.