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  • State Creed

    The State Creed was written by Frank McVey, former President of the University of North Dakota. The creed first appeared in the 1926 Manual for the State of North Dakota.

    “We believe in North Dakota, in the beauty of her
    skies, and in the glory of her prairies.

    We believe in the People of North Dakota, in their
    strength of Body and Mind, in their High Sense of Right,
    and in their Desire to establish a Great Commonwealth
    wherein the things that count for Human Welfare shall
    be first.

    We believe that by Thought and Act we can magnify
    our State and the Life of our People, bind the East
    and the West, the North and the South by Roadways,
    Communication and Good Will, and give our Sons
    and Daughters the Opportunity to Work at Useful
    Tasks within our borders.

    We pledge to those seeking new homes the Hand
    of Hospitality and extend to them a Welcome to
    our Commonwealth where they may find Peace
    and Happiness.

    We pledge that the freedom our Fathers won here
    and elsewhere shall continue as the Heritage of our

    We, as a People, because of growing Intelligence
    and a Nobler Outlook, seek Unity of Purpose; we
    desire to lead a Richer Common Life, and hope to
    render a Larger Service to the State and the Nation.”

    Click Here for a pdf of the North Dakota Creed (pdf file opens in new window).

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