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Traditions

Gwynedd is more than a school - it is a sisterhood and a community. Here are just a few of the many special traditions our students enjoy throughout the year:

Mercy Day


Mercy Day, the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, and Patroness of the school, occurs on September 24. This Feast Day celebrates our rich history and tradition; it is a special time for rejoicing and festivities.

Freshmen Day

Freshman Day occurs in early Fall when the Senior Class officially welcomes the freshmen and installs them as "Mercy girls."

School Dances


School dances sponsored by the different classes fill the social calendar. The Harvest Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Winter Dance, and Junior/Senior Prom, as well as "Mixers" provide many evenings of enjoyment.

Ring Day


Ring Day generally occurs in December. On this day,the Juniors are celebrated by the sophomores and receive their class rings at a special liturgy.

Candlelight Procession


The Candlelight Procession is Mercy's formal celebration of the Christmas feast. The public is invited. The Music Department performs a selection of Christmas music and members of the senior class present a Christmas Tableau.

May Procession

The May Procession is a spring function in honor of Our Lady, in which all students participate. A May Queen is chosen from the Senior Class and crowns the Blessed Mother during the celebration.

Senior Appreciation Day

In May, the seniors are celebrated by the underclassmen through a special Senior Appreciation Day.

Senior Mother-Daughter Brunch

A Senior Mother-Daughter Brunch follows a special liturgy and is sponsored by the parents.

Class Day

Class Day is held on the last day of school. At the Closing Exercises, held in the morning, students are recognized for outstanding achievement in academic subjects.

Graduation and Baccalaureate Liturgy

Graduation culminates the school year. A Baccalaureate Liturgy is celebrated on an evening before Commencement. Wearing long white gowns and carrying red roses for the Commencement Ceremony remains a tradition. Eligible seniors are invited to represent their class for the honors of Salutatorian and Valedictorian. Each senior individually receives a gold Mercy medal, as well as her diploma. Graduation culminates with the crowning of the Blessed Mother.

"Our name is Mercy; our spirit is compassion."

Catherine McAuley