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Mount Mercy Holds Its 113th Graduation

Wed, May 30th 2018 09:20 am

                 Mount Mercy Academy held its 113th graduation ceremony on May 23rd.  Sixty-three members of the class of 2018 received their diplomas from Margaret Staszak, the Mount Mercy principal.  President Margaret M. Cronin and the Board of Trustees presided at the ceremony as well.

                Salutatorian Mary Bala (West Seneca) welcomed and addressed the audience to open the ceremony. Emily Lewandowski (East Aurora), the valedictorian, delivered the valedictory address.  She thanked the faculty, her parents, friends and classmates for an exceptional four years and told her classmates that "You are going to change the world and that all of them are capable of doing just that."

                Sister Peggy Gorman RSM, a 1960 graduate of Mount Mercy, was the commencement speaker.  She has been a teacher and a member of numerous boards and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Mount Mercy Academy Board of Trustees.  She commended the graduates for their accomplishments and for representing the Portrait of a Mercy Graduate so well.  She told the Class of 2018 that after the sacrifices their families had made that they should "pay love forward".  She also advised the class to take risks, enjoy life, be happy and realize that they have a limitless future.

                Graduates Abigail Swiger (Lackawanna) and Kathryn Marabella were presented with the Frances Warde Leadership Award and Julia Maria Acosta (Buffalo) was presented with the Catherine McAuley Service Award.        

                The graduating class of 2018 from Mount Mercy Academy earned over fourteen million six hundred dollars in college scholarships and merit based grants.  


Julia Acosta proudly goes to receive the Catherine McAuley Service Award


Valedictorian Emily Lewandowski delivers her address


Mount Mercy's Class of 2018


Mount Mercy's Class of 2018