Our traditions run deep

Be sure to join in when you’re on campus or at a game!

Limestone College been in existence since 1845, and there are numerous traditions that have emerged over the years. Those traditions are what give our school color, character and what we are expected to pass down to the younger generations of Saints to follow.

Here are just a few of the many symbols and time-honored traditions synonymous with Limestone College:

Saints Fleur

THE FLEUR

Limestone College adopted “Saints” as its official nickname in the 1970s and the iconic fleur-de-lis logo has been a part of its history ever since. The symbol is an artistic representation of a flower. “Fleur” is the French word for flower and “lis” means lily. Limestone’s trademarked “Fast Fleur” logo is tremendously popular with Saints alumni, students, and fans, and opponents have grown to “Fear The Fleur.”

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ALMA MATER

Limestone College’s Alma Mater, “Limestone, Cherished Limestone” is performed at the end of each football game by the Marching Saints band. The song is also performed by members of the Department of Music during major events on campus, such as graduation ceremonies, the Presidential Convocation, and others.

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LIMESTONE COLLEGE ALMA MATER

In Southern Carolina,
Beneath the pine tree's cone,
There stands my Alma Mater,
My dear, my fair Limestone.
'Tis there my memory lingers,
And naught can quite compare
To the hours I spent at Limestone,
At Limestone, dear and fair.

Chorus

Oh Limestone, cherished Limestone,
I love thy classic halls;
Oh Limestone, fairest Limestone,
I love thy sacred walls.
Thy name I crown with honor,
And I shall ever give
To thee a heart's devotion,
As long as I shall live.

The hours of life flow swiftly,
And change must come to all;
Our friendships must be severed
To answer duty’s call;
But memories never perish,
And that of fair Limestone
Must be with me forever,
The brightest, sweetest one.

Chorus

Oh Limestone, cherished Limestone,
I love thy classic halls;
Oh Limestone, fairest Limestone,
I love thy sacred walls.
Thy name I crown with honor,
And I shall ever give
To thee a heart's devotion,
As long as I shall live.

FIGHT SONG

Prior to the first season of intercollegiate football in 2014, Limestone College was without a true fight song. That changed with the introduction of “The Blue and Gold,” a song that Limestone fans now proudly sing to cheer on their team. In addition to its unique lyrics, the fight song also interweaves a distinctive portion of “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

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LIMESTONE COLLEGE FIGHT SONG
“THE BLUE AND GOLD”

We are the Blue and Gold;
Proudly strive to victory.

Hail Limestone, always true;
Ever Saints we will be.

We are the Blue and Gold;
Proudly strive to victory.

Hail Limestone, always true;
Ever Saints we will be.

BLUE!
GOLD!

BLUE!
GOLD!

O when the Saints
Go marching in
Now, when the Saints go marching in
Yes, I want to be in that number
When the Saints go marching in

BERNIE

“Bernie” De Saint is Limestone College’s beloved mascot. The 6-foot tall Saint Bernard can be found at most Limestone athletic events, and he also shows up around campus, at local elementary schools, and at special events across the area to promote Saints Athletics and Limestone College. True to his breed, Bernie is devoted to his team as a symbol of integrity, strength and loyalty.

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Be Bold. Be Blue. On Friday, we wear blue

Each Friday during the academic year, students and staff members – along with Saints fans across town and across the nation – can be found decked out in blue as part of “Be Bold. Be Blue.” to show their school pride and their support of Limestone’s athletic teams.

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Give Me An “L”

This is a new tradition at Limestone football games, and other athletics events, when the College’s Alma Mater is played. It is our best non-verbal way to show school spirit at Limestone. You will want to join the team, the cheerleaders, the dance team, and the band by giving an "L" during the playing of the Limestone alma mater at the end of games.

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“The Rock”

Located on the site of a former Limestone mining quarry, Limestone College has been referred to as “The Rock” for countless decades. The South Carolina stone placed in the Washington Monument was mined from the quarry located on the College’s campus. Deposits from the quarry furnished lime used in the production of iron during the American Revolution and throughout the 19th century. Production at the quarry continued until the deposits were exhausted in 1953. The quarry, since filled with water, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. In addition, a monument, known as “The Rock,” was placed at Saints Field in 1995 in memory of former men’s lacrosse player Paul Casey, who lost his life in a hiking accident in 1994. Each year, Limestone Athletics presents the "Paul Casey Award" that goes to the men's lacrosse player who "best exemplifies the values and ideas by which Paul led his life.”

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Tailgating

Hours before each kickoff, Limestone College football fans can be found outside the stadium enjoying tailgating with family and friends. In addition to the grills and games throughout the tailgate lot, local radio station WZZQ 104.4 FM hosts an hour-long “Saints Tailgate Show,” talking about key elements of the upcoming game and playing music for all the fans gathered around the stadium.

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Victory Bell Tower

A new tradition will soon be adopted at Limestone with the completion of the Cunning Family Victory Bell Tower, which overlooks the well-known Limestone Quarry in an area that sits between the College’s athletics and academic facilities. The bell tower will feature seating areas, a garden, and a new lighted walkway that will travel from one side of campus to the other. After Limestone athletic victories, the Bell Tower will ring out with the Limestone fight song.

Homecoming/Alumni Weekend

Welcoming back students from days gone by, Limestone hosts a combined Homecoming and Alumni Weekend on a Friday and Saturday each fall. The activities include a Homecoming football game, along with a “Big Blue Tailgate” event held several hours prior to kickoff.

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Christmas Luminaries

As part of Limestone’s annual “Christmas On Campus” event, the luminaries have been beloved by the local community for over three decades. The tradition of celebrating Christmas on Campus dates back to 1984 when the late Les Gregory, a former staff member and graduate of Limestone, arranged for 200 luminaries to be lit in honor of retired Limestone College professor Lucy G. Wheeler. With that, Christmas on Campus was born. Since Gregory's inception, the luminaries have grown to over 10,000 candles. The majority of the luminaries are prepared and lit each year by Limestone student-athletes.

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