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In 1941, when The University of Southern Mississippi was known as Mississippi Southern College, Yvonne Hamilton '43 and Clara Davenport '42 wrote the lyrics for the school's alma mater. Mary Leila Gardner arranged the conductor's score. In 1963, the alma mater was retooled, with changes made to the first verse and Luigi Zaninelli arranging the current score. The alma mater is played before every Southern Miss academic and athletic event.

The alma mater is as follows:

We sing to thee our alma mater,
USM thy praises be:
Southern mem'ries we shall cherish,
Loyalty we pledge to thee.

Spacious skies and land of sunshine,
Verdant trees and shelt'ring walls,
Now our hearts lift ever to thee,
As we praise thy hallowed halls.

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