Mr. George Petrie wrote The Auburn Creed on November 12, 1943. It remains one of our Auburn University traditions and is at the center of my values and beliefs:
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 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 a 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 mercifully, and walking humbly with my God."
And, because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.