Alma Mater

Notre Dame, Our Mother

Written by Joseph Casasanta and Rev. Charles O’Donnell, C.S.C.

In 1930, the Alma Mater, “Notre Dame, Our Mother” debuted at halftime of the Notre Dame Stadium dedication game. The song was composed by band director Joseph Casasanta (‘23) and the lyrics were written by University President Rev. Charles O’Donnell, C.S.C. (‘06). Today, the song is played at the conclusion of many campus events, including commencement, Mass at the Basilica, and of course, football games. 


Notre Dame, our Mother
Tender, strong and true
Proudly in the heavens,
Gleams thy gold and blue.
Glory’s mantle cloaks thee
Golden is thy fame,
And our hearts forever,
Praise thee, Notre Dame.
And our hearts forever,
Love thee, Notre Dame.

Courtesy of University of Notre Dame