NKU Alma Mater
Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko, NKU

We end all commencement ceremonies with the singing of our alma mater.

Original lyrics and melody by Charles Wiley
Revised by Carolyn Hagner
Harmonization by Kurt Sander

Northern, let your vision lead us,
Hearts of women, men and youth.
Help us seek the higher virtues,
Guide us to the greater truth.
Northern, Northern, alma mater,
May our lives enrich your name.
And in time leave us, your children,
Better far than when we came.


Charles Wiley was one of the original six regents for Northern Kentucky State College, serving from 1968 until 1972, and was vice chair.  One of his contributions while a regent was to write the words for our alma mater. They are still used today.