The spirit at James Madison University is special. Ask any student or alum and they'll tell you so. In years past it's been called "The Spirit of Blue Stone Hill," "The Madison Way" and "The JMU Way." In his inaugural speech on September 17, 1999, President Linwood Rose described it as "All Together One."

By whatever name, this special spirit is the unique closeness that binds Madison community members with one another. It is a feeling of caring, a commitment to working together, a dedication to learning. There is a camaraderie on the campus that is rarely — perhaps nowhere else — found at a university the size of Madison.

Since President Rose introduced it, the class of 2002 placed "All Together One" in their class ring design, and "All Together One" has become an unofficial university theme. Plus, Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, created an "All Together One" community gathering, which takes place every spring semester.

2024 ATO Nominations

We invite you to nominate faculty, staff, and/or students — any member of the JMU community is eligible to nominate or be nominated for the Spring 2024 "All Together One" awards. Student members of Omicron Delta Kappa serve as the selection committee. You may use the following ideas to help structure your nomination:

  1. building community
  2. inspiring others
  3. a caring attitude
  4. a dedication to learning
  5. a commitment to working together (collaboration)
  6. unique contribution of nominee

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE:12 pm noon, Friday, February, 16th, 2024. Please email your nominations as an attachment to

2024 ATO Ceremony

The All Together One Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, at 12:00 pm noon at the All Together One Circle in the Warner Commons, weather permitting (inclement weather location in the Union Ballroom). Winners will be announced several days in advance of the ceremony. The entire JMU Community is invited to attend.

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