The Alma Mater of a Nation was used to refer to William & Mary, starting in the late 1960s.
The booklet Alma mater of a nation : a bicentennial sampler for the College of William & Mary was probably published in 1975. William & Mary President Davis Y. Paschall used the phrase in a speech to a joint meeting of the appropriations committees of the General Assembly of Virginia in 1968. The phrase was also used by Mills Godwin, Governor of Virginia, in a Report on the Commission on Constitutional Revision at William & Mary on January 11, 1969.
While Alma Mater of a Nation might still be used by some, Alma Mater of the Nation is preferred (2016, News & Media Team).
- Alma mater of a nation : a bicentennial sampler for the College of William & Mary, [Williamsburg, Va.? : s.n.] (probably 1975). In Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center, call number LD6051 .W51d 1965 (Archives).
- Report on Commission on Constitutional Revision, 1969 January 11, Series 5, Subseries 6, Box 18, Item 129, Mills Godwin, Jr. Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, William & Mary.