School of Nursing - 1910
The first conferring of diplomas for a nursing student took place on June 21, 1910. Miss. Quist finished her course begun three years earlier. Since this was St. Patrick Hospital's first graduation, there was a big gala with singing, music and speeches. The room was decorated with flowers and light. After the ceremony, a delicious conferral was served to the reverend fathers, members of the medical body and nursing students. Nothing was spared to heighten the brilliance of the feast and to render it memorable.
Reverend Father Trenelle S.J.'s speech deserves special mention. He went back to the origins of the nurses in the first time of Christianity, where so many generous souls, touched by humanity's miseries, sacrified everything to care for the suffering. They took for their model Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows at the foot of the cross, attending to the last moments of her divine Son. He showed with precision and accuracy of view what they knew, the sublime mission of the Sister of Charity devoted to the care of the ill, the good that she can do, the devotion that must be deployed, and finally the reward she can acquire. His speech, full of force and solemnity, made a strong and lasting impression on the listeners.
Miss (Jessie) Quist
Miss T. (Lena) Stocklin (Sister Wendelin).