Graduation & Ring Mass
No year would be complete without an opportunity to congratulate our graduates for their hard work throughout their time at Mercy. Students at Mercy graduate when they are 21 years old (or 18 under special circumstances), and they begin their final year with a Ring Mass that typically is held on Mercy Day (the day celebrating the Sisters of Mercy who founded Mercy) in our auditorium. This Mass is said by priests or pastors from the graduates’ home parish (if the student is Catholic), and the graduates-to-be each receive their class ring from Bridget. After the ceremony, the entire Mercy family approaches each graduate-to-be and congratulates the person by turning the graduate’s ring one revolution.
In early June, the graduates don their red caps and gowns for a graduation ceremony that takes place during the day. Each of the graduates’ teachers say something about their students’ achievements before awarding them with a Certificate of Achievement. The event concludes with cake for the graduates, their family members in attendance and the Mercy student body.