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News of Note - 116th Graduation Ceremony

by Pat Burns

June 1, 2021


 For Immediate Release


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Mount Mercy Holds Its 116th Graduation


                Mount Mercy Academy held its 116th graduation ceremony on May 26th at the Avanti Mansion.  Forty members of the class of 2021 received their diplomas from Michele Melligan, Mount Mercy’s Head of School.

                Salutatorian Claire Mullen (Orchard Park) welcomed and addressed the audience to open the ceremony. Madeline Lickfeld (Buffalo), the valedictorian, delivered the valedictory address.  She thanked the faculty, her parents, friends and classmates for an exceptional four years and said she will miss everything about Mount Mercy.  She also commented that it was a different year that changed the class.  She urged her classmates to confront change head on and to abandon safety and grow. She will cherish her memories and closed by telling her classmates that “Change is inevitable but growth is a choice.

                Denise Mahoney Dunford, class of 1971 was the graduation speaker.  She is an associate professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at D’Youville College and also maintains an active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner at Buffalo General Hospital.  She congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and for making it through a non-traditional year due to Covid.  She told the graduates that the Mount Mercy education that they had received prepared them well for the challenges that they will face

Graduate Megan Reilly (Buffalo) was presented with the Frances Warde Leadership Award and Anani Debose (Buffalo) was presented with the Catherine McAuley Service Award.       

                The graduating class of 2021 from Mount Mercy Academy earned almost ten million dollars in college scholarships and merit based grants.  


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"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

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Class of 2019

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