We men and women graduating from The City College of New York, do this day, after the manner of the Athenian youths of old about to enter public life take this oath of devotion to the City of New York:
we will never bring disgrace to our city by any act of dishonesty or cowardice nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks;
we will fight for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many;
we will revere and obey the city's laws, and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those about us who are prone to annul them and set them at naught;
we will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty;
and thus, in all these ways, we will strive to transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.