Auburn Traditions 101: Live By the Creed

Today’s Auburn tradition is not something we as Auburn fans do on game days or game day eve, but something we believe in and strive to carry out every day: The Auburn Creed.

To be honest before I actually started school here at Auburn in the fall of 2010 I am not sure that I was even aware that Auburn had a creed. Once you come to Auburn, it becomes important, and is referenced very often in conversation and in class.

You hear many references to the Auburn Creed, even on cookie cakes.

You hear many references to the Auburn Creed, even on cookie cakes.

From my research, creeds are not extremely common, but we are very proud of ours, it is more than a cheer or song it doctrine at Auburn. The Auburn Creed was written in 1945 by George Petrie. Petrie was the first Alabamian to receive a PhD and was Auburn’s first football coach.

George Petrie Auburn football

The Auburn Creed mentions several things I am a firm believer in: God, hard work, America and human touch.  Auburn is a very conservative university, the student body was actually recently ranked by the Princeton Review as  The Most Conservative Student Body in the Nation, however regardless of your political views I believe you can agree the Auburn Creed is a set of guiding principles for Auburn students that all of us can believe in and strive to live out here at Auburn and beyond.

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.

–George Petrie

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