Commencement 2023

The National Anthem and Brandeis Alma Mater

The National Anthem

Lyrics by Francis Scott Key, 1814

Oh, say, can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d
At the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d,
Were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night
That our flag was still there.

Oh, say, does that star-spangled
Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?

Brandeis Alma Mater

Music by Johannes Brahms
Lyrics by Paul E. Levenson ’52, P’78, P’82, H’87

To thee, Alma Mater,
We’ll always be true.
All hail to thy standard
The white and the blue.

Proclaiming thy future,
Recalling thy past.
Our hopes spring from
Mem’ries eternally cast.

With sorrow we’ll leave thee,
New worlds to create.
May deeds of thy children
Make thee forever great! 

Brandeis Alma Mater Singers
  • Brandeis Chamber Choir
  • Robert Duff
    Associate Professor of the Practice of Music and Choral Conductor


  • Emma Lepore Carlson ’24
  • Ella Marie Cookman ’26*
  • Liana R. Perlman ’23*
  • Catherine Mary Sullivan ’26


  • Nicole E. Albright ’25
  • Aditi Bhattacharya ’23*
  • Chloe Elizabeth Doonan ’26
  • Dina Gorelik ’24
  • Hannah Irene Murphy ’26
  • Celia X. Wu-Hacohen ’23*


  • Christopher Hillard Martin ’24


  • Quinn Lucian Bonnyman ’23*
  • Liam Richard Delaney ’26
  • George August Hammond ’26
  • Coby Jarrett Mandell ’24
  • Gianni Robert Storti ’26
  • Harold Robert Watkin-Fox ’25

*Undergraduate ceremony only