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Entry from October 05, 2007
“Veritas Liberabit Vos” (SMU motto)

Southern Methodist University has a Latin motto taken from the Bible: “Veritas Liberabit Vos” ("The truth shall make you free,” John 8:32).

The Johns Hopkins University motto (that came much before SMU’s) is similar: “Veritas Vos Liberabit.”

Holy Bible
John Chapter 8
The woman taken in adultery. Christ justifies his doctrine.
8:32. And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free.
Et cognoscetis veritatem et veritas liberabit vos

SMU colors Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue
SMU’s motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
Translation The truth shall make you free.
Mustang mascot Peruna, named after an early 20th-century medicine, Peruna Tonic
School song “Varsity”:
Oh we see the Varsity, Varsity, Varsity,
As she towers o’er the hill over there.
And our hearts are filled with joy, SMU, SMU,
Alma Mater, we’ll be true forever.

Wikipedia: Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University
Motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
(The Truth Shall Set You Free)
Established 1911

College and University Latin Mottoes
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
Veritas Liberabit Vos The Truth Will Set You Free

Wikipedia: The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University
Motto Veritas vos liberabit
(The truth shall make you free)
Established 1876

College and University Latin Mottoes
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Veritas Vos Liberabit The Truth Will Set You Free

24 February 1885, Baltimore (MD) Sun, pg. 4:
A temporary stage had been erected, and back of it hung the portrait of Johns Hopkins wreathed in flags, and above it was the inscription in ivy leaves, “Veritas vos Liberabit,” the motto of the University.

Posted by Barry Popik
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