All Hail to Thee, O Waldorf

“We love our Waldorf College, the school of Vikings bold; we love her royal colors, the purple and the gold.” The second verse of Waldorf’s Alma Mater could not be more true. Written precisely 100 years ago, the song has been unchanged throughout Waldorf’s existence.

The rich history of Waldorf goes beyond 100 years as the college was formally dedicated to the town of Forest City, Iowa in October of 1903. The ceremony was performed in front of more than 4,000 people with a dream that the education gained at Waldorf would focus on a path of nurture and service.

It wasn’t until 12 years later that a group of students from the class of 1915 got together to write the school’s Alma Mater or college song. Tradition runs deep at Waldorf and is one of the many aspects that pulls alumni, students, faculty, staff and administrators together. The Alma Mater is often sung at the beginning of the academic year, at graduation, many events and also at the annual homecoming celebration.

Waldorf’s Homecoming celebration is just around the corner. The college is preparing to welcome back alumni and friends to its annual weekend celebration. Waldorf is inviting alumni and students back to the college as an integral part of Waldorf’s personality and history to come back to campus to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Alma Mater and all that Waldorf College means.

Commencing on Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11 there are many events planned for alumni, students and families. Visit us during our Homecoming Weekend and learn more about the events offered throughout the weekend at waldorf.edu/homecoming.

The Alma Mater

All hail to thee, O Waldorf
Thy praises we will sing
Through thy beloved lobby,
The echoing anthems ring.
We sing of precepts noble,
Of loyalty and truth,
Of love and labor blending
To guide the steps of youth.

We love our Waldorf College
The school of Vikings bold,
We love her royal colors,
The purple and the gold.
Then hail, all hail to Waldorf,
Our Alma Mater dear;
May heaven’s richest blessings
Crown every passing year.

Author: Brittany Gibson

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