Xavier Magazine

Xavier’s New Groove

Assistant music professor Tom Merrill and English chair Tyrone Williams were presented with a challenge as part of this year’s 175th anniversary celebration: rewrite Xavier’s 70-year-old alma mater.

If you don’t remember the old one, that’s OK. You’re not alone. Most alma maters are archaic in both words and tune. Merrill and Williams, though, gave Xavier a modern song worth remembering.


Xavier is our family tree, Rooted in one history. Nurtured by our legacy, Xavier’s humble pedigree Branches out to touch the same God we call by many names, And a glow in love a flame, Bear the fruit of Xavier’s fame.

Fame that no one can impeach, Growing to extend our reach, Planting fertile seeds in each Soul and mind we serve and teach. One community we stand, Building dreams and hopes with hands Stretching out across the land For each woman, child and man.

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