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Traditions/Events

students as Holy Family, Angels, Shepards, and Wisemen during the Candelight Celebration

Our hearts can always be in the same place, centered on God.

                                                        -Catherine McAuley
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 and community enjoy throughout the year:

Parent BBQ

In September, new and current parents/guardians come together to share a casual and fun evening.

Mercy Day

students celebrating Mercy Day in colorful shirts


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.

Mercy Day Alumnae Tea

grandmother, mother and daughter at Alumnae tea

Celebrated before the Mercy Day Liturgy, alumnae gather for tea and a light breakfast, and to catch up with former classmates.

 

Freshmen Day

smiling freshmen girls

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

CK5K

 

two participants of the CK5K crossing the finish line

An annual fall event, the Carolyn Keen ’10 Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk raises money in support of a scholarship in Carolyn's name.

Golf Classic

 

Held annually each fall, the proceeds from the Golf Outing provide immediate support for academic programs and initiatives that directly benefit current and future students.

Mothers' Club - Bunko

October's Mothers' Club meeting is also game night where the fun game of Bunko is played.

Circle of Mercy Luncheon

This special event for graduates of fifty years or more, includes a tour of the school and a special luncheon.

Freshmen Retreat

girls gathered around table writing reflections

The Freshmen class gathers to pray, reflect and join together as a class in the Mercy tradition.

School Dances

father-daughter school dance
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.

Senior Mothers' Tree Trimming

christmas tree in lobby with senior ornaments on it

In December, Senior moms gather to decorate the lobby Christmas tree with Lenox ornaments with the school shield and the Senior's name on it.

Ring Day

girls posing with class rings
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

students at 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

Mary Crowning statue

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

girls smiling at senior appreciation day

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

Senior Mother-Daughter Brunch

mother and daughter at 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 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.

Junior class rings on a red tablecloth

Girl carrying cross while leaving Mass

 

Gold graduation medals on white ribbons with red diplomas under them

Lobby Christmas tree with ornaments for seniors