This melody (see below) is sung at our commencement at Westfield State University, MA, USA, every year. The lyrics are attributed to two graduates (from the 1930s) but I don't know where the melody comes from.

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T: Alma Mater
M: 4/4
L: 1/4
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How would I go about researching where the tune comes from? Or is it so common that it is obvious?

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    Is there any reason to think the tune wasn't original to the lyricists? May 18 at 21:47
  • @ChrisSunamisupportsMonica I just learned it is. May 19 at 1:23
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    sung at our commencement every year => It would be interesting to add to your question which school/university you are referring to, so that this question and its interesting answer are better referenced by Internet search engines, and can be useful to others. Thanks!
    – xhienne
    May 19 at 10:16

The Ely Library's Archives Assistant writes:

The Alma Mater was written by Ruth Reavey, Class of 1935 and Louise R. Hagan, Class of 1935. The music was written by Louise R. Hagan. Here are the lyrics:

Westfield! Alma Mater,
We will salute and honor thee.
Thy loved name instills in us
Thoughts of hope and victory.
Through the years that are before us
May we keep within our hearts
Memories inspirational 
That thy proud name imparts.
Westfield, we are loyal to thee
Westfield! Alma Mater.

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