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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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 to Choosing a Catholic College. 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.

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