Nescit Cedere Heritage Society

“Neskeets,” as members are affectionately known, will not give up on Oglethorpe. They have remembered the University in their estate plans to ensure its success in the future. The phrase closes out the Alma Mater and is a suitable name for the society of those who have made bequests and other planned gifts to the university. Those highly personal and enduring gifts ensure the long-term security of Oglethorpe.


Nescit Cedere, a Latin phrase pronounced “nes-keet keh-deh-reh,” was taken from the Oglethorpe family crest as the University’s motto. It translates as “he does not know how to give up” and perfectly captures the pride and tenacity of those who give loyally to Oglethorpe and sustain it through good times and bad. 

Eligible gifts include:

  • Bequests and other estate gifts
  • IRA’s and other retirement plans
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts of Residence or Farm with Retained Life Estate
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Life Insurance Policies

Our dear Alma Mater, To you we sing our praise.
Your gray stone and mortar give strength for the coming days.
Then like the Petrel, feet near the ocean, We’ll rise thru wind and rain.
Yes, Oglethorpe, you’re here to remind us: Nescit Cedere