"Oh, Northwestern” is the university’s alma mater. It’s sung and played at various events, including commencement, football games and the Spring Alumni Reunion Banquet. It’s tradition to stand and sing along. The song was written by 1940 Northwestern graduate Floyd “Spud” McClain for a 1949 contest organized by the Chi Beta Nu music fraternity. (audio or video clip)
Oh Northwestern, Alma Mater,
In our hearts you will remain.
To keep your honor and your glory,
Our devotion we proclaim.
In days to come and years begun,
Throughout the land we’ll praise your name.
For all your honor and your glory
And your great undying fame.
We hail our Alma Mater.