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Class Traditions

Classes at Asbury University have unique traditions. These create a strong identification among Asbury’s students during their time on campus as well as after graduation.

As early as 1915, if not before, classes were electing officers and choosing a motto, colors, and even a class flower, but not a name. The tradition of naming classes seems to have started in the arena of class sports. For decades, before Asbury had intercollegiate sports, each class formed sports teams that played each other throughout the season, ending in an all-school championship. The major team sports were men’s and women’s basketball and men’s baseball and soccer.

By the early 1930s, the classes had started choosing names for their teams – one name for all the teams representing a particular class, no matter the gender or sport. The class voted on the name and also colors for the uniforms, at a class meeting early in the freshman year, and kept the same ones throughout their four years. It appears that these names gradually developed into a class identity and were used to refer to the class as a whole. The earliest instance the Archives staff has found of a class name clearly being applied to the entire class, rather than just a sports team, is with the class of 1942; the earliest evidence found where that happened from the very start of freshman year, is the class of 1950. The first instance found where the class sponsors chose the name for the incoming freshmen was for the class of 1951. Through the late ’40s, classes were apparently voting on a verse and hymn sometime during their junior or senior year; during 1949-50 the selection was moved to the freshman year. Since the 1960s, faculty or staff advisors can be documented for each class, although there were also classes in the 1920s that had faculty advisors.

Today, each incoming class is assigned sponsors, also a very long-standing tradition, since the class of 1931. Two senior students (male and female) are elected by their own class to serve in this position. The sponsors recruit faculty or staff advisors for the new freshmen, and choose a name, class colors, and verse that will be that class’s identity for their years at Asbury and beyond. During the class’s first semester, they choose a hymn. It is tradition that when a class hymn is sung in chapel, that class stands and sings the first verse alone, then the rest of the student body joins them for the rest of the hymn. These traditions carry over to class reunions, which are held at five-year intervals.


According to our records, there are three class hymns that have been selected most, each used five times through Asbury’s history: Lead On, O King Eternal (1944, 1948, 1953, 1961, 1966); A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (1950, 1960, 1967, 1975, 1995); and Soldiers of Christ, Arise (1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1978).

The most-selected class verse through the years has been Philippians 3:13-14, selected five times:”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” (KJV) – Classes of 1952, 1958, 1962, and 1973, and 1988.

Class Traditions Chart

The following chart contains the most complete information available to Archives staff. Where you see [italicized text in brackets] , this represents data we have so far been unable to confirm from a primary source. Text in (parentheses with a question mark?) represents disagreement among various sources. Blank spaces mean we have no record at all.

If you have any information concerning missing or uncertain data for your class in the following chart, please contact the Asbury University Archives at


Year Class Name Colors Verse Hymn
2026 Restored Blue, Green Psalm 51:12 To Be Selected
2025 Ignited Crimson, Gold, Green 2 Timothy 1:6-7 “It Is Well With My Soul”
2024 Courageous Orange, Gray, White Joshua 1:9 “In Christ Alone”
2023 Surrendered Heathered Gray, Teal, Yellow Philippians 2:5-8 “I Surrender All”
2022 Faithful Navy, White Psalm 119:30 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
2021 Appointed Forest Green, Light Gray, White John 15:15-16 “It Is Well With My Soul”
2020 Visionary Maroon, Ivory Hab. 2:3 “Be Thou My Vision”
2019 Merciful Black, Gold, White Matt. 5:7 “Jesus Paid It All”
2018 Vindicated Royal Blue, Orange Isaiah 62:1 “In Christ Alone”
2017 Anchored Indigo, Silver, White Heb. 6:19 “The Solid Rock”
2016 Ransomed Kelly Green, Clementine Orange, White 1 Tim. 2:6a “How Deep the Father’s Love”
2015 Unshakable Charcoal Gray & Gold Ps. 62:2 “It Is Well”
2014 Illuminated Teal & Yellow 2 Cor. 4:6 / Matt. 5:16 (changed) “Jesus Paid It All”
2013 Awakened Black & Green Isa. 60:1 “Come Thou Fount”
2012 Zealous Red, Orange, Yellow Rom. 12:11 “In Christ Alone”
2011 Fearless Denim Blue & Barn Red Isa. 58:8-9a “Be Thou My Vision”
2010 Unashamed Black & Hot Pink 1 John 2:28 “How Deep the Father’s Love”
2009 Consecrated Brown, Yellow, Sky Blue Josh. 3:5b “Take My Life and Let It Be”
2008 Empowered Kelly Green & Navy Eph. 3:20-21 (16-21?) “In Christ Alone”
2007 Transforming Burgundy, Black, White 2 Cor. 3:18 “Be Thou My Vision”
2006 Steadfast Orange & Blue 1 Cor. 15:58 “The Solid Rock”
2005 Vessels Navy & Silver Jer. 18:6 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
2004 Agape Red, Yellow, Purple Mk. 12:30 “How Great Thou Art”
2003 Anointed Blue, White, Yellow Isa. 61:1-3 “Be Thou My Vision”
2002 Abiding Hunter Green & White John 15:4 “It Is Well”
2001 Redeemed Burgundy, Black, White Ps. 103:1-5 “And Can It Be”
2000 Pathfinders Hunter Green & Yellow Ps. 119:105-(106?) “To God Be the Glory” / “Shine, Jesus, Shine”
1999 Seekers Navy & White Jer. 29:13 “Be Thou My Vision”
1998 Commissioned Orange, Red, Yellow Isa. 6:8 “Here I Am, Lord”
1997 Peacemakers Red, Green, Yellow Matt. 5:9 “It Is Well”
1996 Proclaimers Kelly Green & Black Ps. 68:34-35 “How Great Thou Art”
1995 Guardians Maroon & Gray 1 Cor. 16:13-14 “A Mighty Fortress”
1994 Challengers Royal Blue & Emerald Green Josh. 1:9 “The Solid Rock”
1993 Servants Blue & Gold Matt. 20:26-28 “Take My Life and Let It Be”
1992 Messengers Navy & Orange Col. 3:23-24 “We’ve a Story to Tell”
1991 Dawn Treaders Red & White 2 Tim. 1:7 “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”
1990 Commanders Maroon & Gold 1 Tim. 6:18-19 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
1989 Overcomers Sky Blue & Red Rev. 3:5 “All Hail the Power”
1988 Olympians [Royal] Blue, Gold, White Phil. 3:13b-14 “Higher Ground” / “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (unofficial)
1987 Watchmen Navy, Silver, White Isa. 52:8 “And Can It Be”
1986 Contenders Red & Gray Jude 3b, 20-21 “Fight the Good Fight”
1985 Victors Green & Gold 1 John 5:4 “Faith Is the Victory”
1984 Heralds Maroon & White 2 Cor. 4:5 “Heralds of Christ”
1983 Ambassadors Orange & White Col. 1:10 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
1982 Defenders Black & Gold 1 Cor. 15:58 “O Worship the King”
1981 Centurions Sky Blue & Red Phil. 2:2 “It Is Well”
1980 Voyagers Yellow & [Royal] Blue Eph. 3:19 “And Can It Be”
1979 Crusaders Forest Green & White Isa. 45:2-3 “Are Ye Able?” / “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (changed)
1978 Colonels Red & Gold Phil. 2:3-5 “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
1977 Vikings Royal Purple & Silver 2 Thess. 3:5 “All Hail the Power”
1976 Pioneers Yellow & Chocolate Brown 1 Tim. 4:12 “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand”
1975 Panthers Black & Orange Jude 20-21 “A Mighty Fortress”
1974 Patriots Red, White, Blue Eph. 6:13 Battle Hymn of the Republic
1973 Cavaliers [Kelly Green & Yellow] Phil. 3:13-14 “To God Be the Glory”
1972 Warriors [Burgundy & Gold] 2 Tim. 2:22 “For All the Saints”
1971 Aztecs Turquoise & Silver 2 Tim. 1:7 “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
1970 Valiants Orange & Royal Blue Ps. 60:12 “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand”
1969 Knights Red & Gray Eph. 6:13 “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”
1968 Sentinels Black & Gold   “All Hail the Power”
1967 Titans [Green & White]   [“A Mighty Fortress”]
1966 Vanguards Navy & White   [“Lead On, O King Eternal”]
1965 Conquerors Red & White Rom. 8:37 “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (“We Are More than Conquerors”?)
1964 Vikings [Black, White, Red] Ps. 18:2 “O for a Thousand Tongues”
1963 Mariners [Light Blue & White] Heb. 6:18-19 “We Have an Anchor”
1962 Explorers [Brown & Gold] Phil. 3:13-14 “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” (“God of Our Fathers, Known of Old”?)
1961 Pioneers Dark Green, Mint Green, White Ps. 143:10 “Lead On, O King Eternal”
1960 Highlanders Navy, Military Blue, White (Green?) [Ps. 91:1-2] “A Mighty Fortress”
1959 Chevaliers Red & White   “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
1958 Cahoks Chocolate Brown & White Phil. 3:13-14 “All Hail the Power”
1957 Torchbearers Red [& Gray] Phil. 2:15 (15b-16)? “Send the Light”
1956 Eagles [Maroon & Gold] Isa. 40:31 “Are Ye Able?”
1955 Spartans Green & Gold Eph. 6:11 “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
1954 Olympians Blue & White “A Charge to Keep I Have”  
1953 Beavers Black & Gold Prov. 3:5-6 “Lead On, O King Eternal”
1952 Rockets [Red, White, Blue] Phil. 3:13-14 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
1951 Trojans Maroon & Gray Eph. 6:13 “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
1950 Yellow Jackets [Royal] Blue & Gold Ps. 91:2 (Ps. 31:3?) “A Mighty Fortress”
1949 Bulldogs Green & White Phil. 1:6 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
1948 Cardinals Red & White   “Lead On, O King Eternal”
1947 Panthers Green (Black & Orange or Black & Gold?) 1 John 5:4 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
1946 Warriors Red & Gold   [“A Charge to Keep I Have”]
1945 Eagles [Red, White, Blue] [2 Tim. 3:14] “Are Ye Able?”
1944 Tigers Blue & Gray   “Lead On, O King Eternal”
1943 Admirals Blue & Gold   [“A Charge to Keep I Have”]
1942 Green Dragons Green & White   [“Living for Jesus”]
1941 Bulldogs Maroon & Gray [Job 36:11] “Are Ye Able?”
1940 Tigers      
1939 Flying Eagles [Purple & Gold]    
1938 Comets      
1937 Panthers Blue [& White]   [“Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone”]
1936 Cardinals Red & White    
1935 Tigers Green & White    
1934 Yellow Jackets Blue & Gold    
1933 Gray Wolves Blue & Gray    
1932 Bulldogs Red & Black    
1931 Blue Jays Blue & White