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Inside Iowa State
April 30, 1999

Carver Capsule

The Iowa State graduating class of 1894 called itself "The Gourds" and had a motto of "Ever Climbing." Selected as the poet laureate of the class, George Washington Carver wrote "Ode to Gourd" and read it to classmates on graduation day. An excerpt:

Landing on the pinnacle high,
The gourd with motto greets the eye.

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