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Florence Waddock, Webster's First Graduate

Black and white photograph portrait of Florence WaddockFlorence Waddock (1896-1957) received her diploma at Webster's first commencement ceremony on June 4, 1919 along with Sr. Ann Francis McArdle. After graduation, she taught at a number of locations, including high school English in Savannah, MO, high school Math and French in St. Charles High School, and math in Cleveland High School..


As she finished her time at the college, Florence wrote a poem about her experience (Waddock, 1919). In part it reads:


Happy is this parting Senior
Having such an Alma Mater,
Where the teachers and the students
Each for each with love and longing
Look upon these old traditions,
On these days now too soon passing.
Thus it was this Senior journeyed
Through her years at dear Loretto;
And for this she wrote her story,
So that all might feel encouraged,
Know what joy and pleasure forward
And for those who are at College.




Earliest graduate dies. (1957, January 21). The Web, vol. 33, no. 3, p. 2.

'Listen' welcomes home Miss Florence Waddock.... (1920, May 28). Listen!, vol. 1,, no. 6, p. 1.

Miss Florence Waddock, Loretto’s first graduate.... (1920, September 24). Listen!, vol. 1, no. 8, p. 2.

Waddock, Florence. (1919, July). The class history. The Lorettine, vol. 14,, no. 3, p. 21-24.

Webster’s First 'A.B.'. (1930, January 22). The Web, vol. 6, no. 6, p. 2.