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Be the Creed

Be the Creed Campaign

Student Conduct developed the Be the Creed campaign in fall 2015 as a way to promote positive-decision making, honesty, and respect among all Auburn University students. The campaign engages students, staff, and faculty in recognizing the behaviors, attitudes, and actions of others that exemplify the Auburn Creed, written by Dr. George Petrie in 1943.


Collaborations on the Be the Creed campaign between Student Conduct and the Student Government Association (SGA), led to SGA creating Creed Week. Creed Week is held every spring, and each day of Creed Week is devoted to promoting one line of the Creed through programming, educational events, and celebrations.

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Be the Creed Honoree & Ceremony

Every spring, Student Conduct accepts nominations from staff, faculty, and students for the Be The Creed Honoree award. All students who are nominated for this award are recognized as the Be The Creed ‘Nominees’. A ceremony is held every spring to recognize all of the Be The Creed ‘Nominees’ and announce the Be The Creed Honoree.

Students who are nominated for this award exemplify elements of the Auburn Creed in their actions, words, and deeds. These students embody the Auburn Creed in all they do and serve as positive role models to the Auburn community and beyond.

The Auburn Creed

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in sound mind, in a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

Written by Dr. George Petrie, 1943

Past Recipients of Be The Creed Honoree Award

2018-2019
Michael Patterson

2017-2018
Katie Martin
Taylor White

2016-2017
Curry Cates

2015-2016
Shelby Segrest
Brian Wesbrook

Creed Ambassadors

Student Conduct selects a group of outstanding students annually to serve as Creed Ambassadors. Creed Ambassadors promote the Be The Creed campaign by hosting events and distributing promotional items to students, staff, and faculty.

Last modified: August 14, 2019