The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.

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WATCH: Always a Raven

Look back at Benedictine College’s 2017 Commencement via the words of Dr. Edward Mulholland’s poem “Always a Raven.”

Mulholland, a Great Books professor at Benedictine College and occasional contributor to The Gregorian, helps begin Freshman students’ Benedictine College experience with a Beanie poem he reads at the Freshman Beanie Banquet called “Once a Raven …”. This year, he added a bookend to that tradition, a poem called, “… Always a Raven”

How did the poems come to be?

“A few summers ago I saw a group of old men. I watched at a respectful distance as a class celebrated their 50th reunion. I heard them sing the fight song. They hugged, they reminisced,” he said. “So many generations of Ravens have so many memories. That is why I wrote the poems. I imagined students years from now, trying to remember how they felt here on campus.”

Enjoy the video above and its celebration of four years — and many decades — of Raven history.

Watch above or see it at YouTube by clicking here.


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Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.