Clara Guild

Clara Guild, Rollins CollegeClara Louise Guild was a charter student and the first graduate from Rollins College. In 1890, she and Ida May Missildine made up the entire graduating class, and at the ceremony she read her graduation essay entitled "Elements of Weakness in Our Republic." Upon graduation, Guild went on to teach in the Winter Park school system. In 1895, she became the principal of the Winter Park Public School, and, from 1896-99, she was an instructor at the grammar school affiliated with Rollins. On May 23, 1898, Guild received her master's degree from Rollins and in the same year founded the Alumni Association, serving as its first president. In 1935, during the College’s semi-centennial, Guild became the first alumnae to be awarded the Rollins Decoration of Honor. To read more about Clara Guild, please visit the Rollins College Archives Golden Personalities site.

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