Isabel Williamson (Mrs. SJ. Cumming) wrote the words to the Alma Mater in 1906:
Oh, Alma Mater here today, we for thy lasting blessings pray, we know not where our paths may go, but, thou’ll uphold us still we know, unchanging thou, ‘mid changes vast, unswerved from ideals of the past, steadfast and true, our watchword e’re shall be – To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!
Thy trees their solemn chorus bend about thee, flowers their censers blend. Our voices swell their murmuring strain, our hearts repeat the old refrain, thy purpose high to carry on Northwestern, thou has honor won! Steadfast and true, our watchword e’re shall be – To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!
In after years, when far away, thy presence strong will near us stay, and as the echo of our son will, with new courage, lead us on; And to our eager vision then each subtle memory meaning lend, steadfast and true, our watch- word e’re shall be – To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!