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MSSU Alma Mater
Select music sheet to view a larger version of the Alma Mater score.

Alma Mater

Music first
performed in 1939

Missouri Southern State University’s “Alma Mater”was drafted during the Joplin Junior College second year by a group that included Mary Laird, Joan Epperson, Enos Currey, Ellen Beasley, and Emerson Jackson. Laird was principally responsible for the lyrics while Jackson set it to music.

It was first sung during a Class-Day program in 1939. The performance of the Alma Mater is now a fixture of the University's Commencement programs in December and May, as well as other selected events.