Ivy Poems and Plantings | Webster University

Ivy Poems and Plantings

Early in Webster's history, traditions involving ivy were introduced. During commencement ceremonies, ivy was planted alongside Webster Hall as shown in this photograph from 1921.


Black and white photograph of planting ivy beside building


Planting ivy was not unique to Webster. A search of the Internet reveals a number of campuses where this practice was observed.


At Webster, a student was also chosen to write a poem to commemorate the event. These "ivy poems" were later published in The Lorettine. Here's an example of an ivy poem that appeared in the November 1922 issue of The Lorettine.


Image of written 1922 poem by Frances Probst