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Alma Mater


One of the most widely recognized symbols of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Alma Mater has represented our motto of 'Learning and Labor' since its unveiling in 1929. It was created by renowned sculptor and University of Illinois graduate Lorado Taft. The two figures clasping hands in the background represent learning and labor, and the Alma Mater in the foreground opens her arms and welcomes students with the inscription 'To thy happy children of the future those of the past send greetings.'  



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