Sing "Hail, all hail" to 100 years of the Radford Alma Mater
A century ago, the women of the Radford State Normal and Industrial School – what would become Radford University – were hard at work forging the school’s identity as an institution of excellence in Virginia.
Florence Campbell Baird, the school’s teacher of public school music, made her contribution by penning the Alma Mater. With the support of her fellow faculty members and university president John Preston McConnell, Baird’s lyrics became an instant addition to the Radford legacy.
For the past hundred years, Radford students have sung the Alma Mater to remind themselves of the incredible opportunities offered at the school. It remains a symbol of students’ dedication to their institution and the university’s dedication to its students.
In celebration of the song’s influence, the Office of Alumni Relations has initiated a social media challenge to current students and alumni to submit videos of their renditions of the Alma Mater. Submissions to social media tagged #RadfordAlmaMater will be featured on the Alumni Relations Alma Mater Website.
In the tradition of dedication, giving and service at Radford University, the Alma Mater centennial is also a call to support the RU Endowed Scholarship Fund, which allows the university to offer educational opportunities to deserving and dedicated students. Scholarships, like those provided by the endowed fund, are vital in attracting the most promising students and empowering the university to maintain a rich and diverse environment.