Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gaudeamus Igitur

Economics professor Michael "wintercow" Rizzo at the University of Rochester posted some thoughts about graduation on The Unbroken Window (read "Godspeed" here).  Since graduating in 2010, I had forgotten about this rite of passage and what it means and what it meant to me at the time.  As I commented there, I really appreciated seeing my professors seated with the faculty at the front of the auditorium.  Too few attend. 

Searching YouTube back in 2010, I found many interesting presentations.  I was impressed with the European audience sitting there chatting and when the orchestra struck up the hymn, they rose and sang.  As it should be. This is the perhaps the best known version of "Gaudeamus Igitur." 




Gaudeamus igitur Iuvenes dum sumus.
Gaudeamus igitur Iuvenes dum sumus.
Post iucundam iuventutem
Post molestam senectutem
Nos habebit humus.
Nos habebit humus.

Vivat academia! Vivant professores!
Vivat academia! Vivant professores!
Vivat membrum quodlibet;
Vivant membra quaelibet;
Semper sint in flore
Semper sint in flore

Alma Mater floreat, Quae nos educavit;
Alma Mater floreat, Quae nos educavit;
Caros et commilitones,
Dissitas in regiones
Sparsos, congregavit
Sparsos, congregavit

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