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Duquesne alumni share a rich history and unique traditions that are passed from generation to generation. Some spring from our roots as the world’s only Spiritan university; others evolved over time.  Below are examples of our distinctive heritage: 

UNIVERSITY HISTORY
Explore highlights from the early times, recent years, and a photo gallery. View more... 

MISSION
Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic University, founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious. Duquesne serves God by serving students – through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world. For more information and reflections on our Spiritan roots, visit the Office of Mission and Identity.

COAT OF ARMS/SEAL
Duquesne University’s coat of arms was officially adopted and first appeared in 1923 when it was carved in the stone above the main entrance of the newly constructed Canevin Hall. Incorporated into the University’s official seal in 1926, the coat of arms appeared as part of the seal for the first time on the commencement program later that same year.   Read more...

THE DUQUESNE RING
Read about its history, the meaning of the symbols, and ordering and repair information.  Learn more...

ALMA MATER
Joseph Carl Breil, class of 1888, is remembered as the composer of scores for early motion picture epics such as D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance" and the theme to the “Amos and Andy” radio show. He also wrote the music for Duquesne University’s Alma Mater. The Alma Mater was officially approved and first performed in October 1920. Father John Malloy, class of 1904, penned the lyrics:

Alma Mater, old Duquesne, guide and friend of our youthful days.
We, thy sons and daughters all, our loyal voices raise.
The hours we spent at thy Mother knee and drank of wisdom's store shall e'er in mem'ry treasured be, tho' we roam the whole world o'er.
Then forward ever, dear Alma Mater, o'er our hearts unrivaled reign. Onward ever, old Alma Mater! All hail to thee, Duquesne!

FIGHT SONG
The words and music to Victory Song (Red and Blue) were composed in 1926 by Father Thomas J. Quigley, class of ’27:

We’ll sing hooray for the Red and Blue, A big hooray for the Red and Blue;
For the flag we love on to victory, And when the foe is down, we will raise a mighty shout
And sing hooray for the Red and Blue; We’re all your sons and daughters true.
Now with all your might, give them fight, fight, fight for the grand old Red and Blue.