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The Auburn Creed

"I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God." And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it."

You know it, you love it, and some can even recite it by heart. The Auburn Creed. (Photo on right: Auburn SGA)

In 1943, George Petrie put pen to paper to write out the ideals he believed made up Auburn’s foundation. Now, almost 75 years later, Petrie’s words still serve as one of Auburn’s most cherished principles.

To celebrate and recognize the history behind the Auburn Creed, Auburn's Student Government Association developed a brand new program called “Creed Week.”

“Considering that the creed shapes our lives, it seemed only fitting to create something that highlighted and broke down those values, and celebrated the creed holistically,” Faith Webb, SGA’s Executive Vice President of Programs says.

Webb explains that the university has been looking for ways to celebrate the creed more and more each year given its impact on Auburn University’s campus.

“We see it everywhere around campus-- inside buildings, on the side of buildings, and even segmented on t-shirts, computer backgrounds, and stickers,” Webb states.

The planning for Creed Week began last year and continued all the way up to its launch on Feb. 27. Each day of the week highlighted certain lines from the creed. (Photo on left: Auburn SGA)

One particularly special aspect of Creed Week was the Be the Creed award ceremony held at the Auburn Alumni Center on Feb. 27. The event recognized Curry Cates, a senior in health services administration and this year’s recipient.

Cates was honored for his donation of stem cells to a man in France suffering from an aggressive blood cancer.

Throughout the week, SGA sponsored numerous events in and around campus to engage students, alumni, and friends throughout the Auburn community.

Just a few of the events that took place during Creed Week include:

  • “Sit Down, Make A Friend” with the Auburn Police Department and Campus Police
  • Spin the “Wheel of Kindness”
  • Letter writing to deployed alumni with ROTC, Silver Wings, Auburn Alumnae and Student Veterans
  • “I Believe in Auburn and Love It” tailgate with WEGL and Tiger Dining
  • Group Zumba and yoga classes

Through partnerships and sponsors, Webb believes a key part of SGA’s mission was fulfilled, to “unify all that is Auburn.” (Photo on right: Auburn SGA)

“It was a physical picture of the Auburn Family coming together to celebrate something they love,” Webb states. “We see this a lot with athletics, which is wonderful, but it is always encouraging to see it happen on other occasions.

Both Webb and SGA believe Creed Week exceeded expectations in its inaugural year. However, they work to continue to grow the event even more.

“We collectively agree that the program has a lot of room to grow, but that for the first year it was a success,” Webb says. 

Programs like Creed Week provide the portal for the creed to come alive in tradition, service, and spirit. It continues to shape Auburn's atmosphere because of the dedication of students, alumni, and friends to "be the creed." (Photo below: Auburn University)


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