Duke University Alma Mater

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The Duke University Alma Mater, also known as Dear Old Duke, is the official alma mater of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.


The Duke alma mater was written by R. H. James, Class of '24.[1] The alma mater is played every Friday on the Carillon at Duke Chapel,[2] during official events of the university such as convocation and commencement, and at the end of nearly all sporting events where a band is present.


Dear old Duke, thy name we'll sing,
To thee our voices raise, we'll raise.
To thee our anthems ring
In everlasting praise.
And though on life's broad sea,
Our fates may far us bear,
We'll ever turn to thee,
Our Alma Mater dear.


  1. ^ Sheet Music for Dear Old Duke at Duke Libraries
  2. ^ The Chapel Carillon, William E. King, from the Duke University Archives