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Hymns for the start of the school / college year

This is a list of hymns / songs for the start of the school or  academic year

At this time, many churches hold a blessing service either for all students and pupils, or just for those who are starting at a new school, college or university. Some churches also include teachers and other educators, or their Sunday School classes. This event may be called a "Blessing of the Backpacks" - but this title is not universal.

The list is two sections free-to-use hymns are either public domain or copyright-free, meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.   However older hymns specifically about starting school or college are rare.   But new beginnings and themes of teaching and learning and the flow of life from one season are more common, and these ideas have been used to guide the suggestions presented here.   And the second section lists hymns that are or may be still subject to copyright.