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Mercy holds 9th Commencement Exercises Saturday

May 16th, 2011

On Saturday, Our Lady of Mercy graduated the fifty-six students in the Class of 2011 during its ninth commencement exercises.  In keeping with tradition, the graduation ceremony was held within the Baccalaureate Mass which was celebrated by Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Mercy's talented AMA Taize choir sang for the Mass and was augmented by the voices of several Mercy alumni including David Conley '08 and Isis Freeman '10. Other special guests present were Dr. Diane Starkovich, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese and Tom Campbell, Associate Superintendent.

After the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Mercy Principal Danny Dorsel welcomed all families, visitors, and guests present as well as the graduates.  Then several students were honored with the following awards:

Christian Service Award:
Emily Conley and Colin Schmidt

Archbishop John Donoghue Christian Athlete Award (sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6352):
Brennan Sanders

Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup Award:
Andrea Raville

Following the award presentation, Mercy salutatorian Andrea Raville gave a thoughtful speech remembering her experiences at Mercy and how they parallel the world of Harry Potter. Andrea will be attending the United States Naval Academy. Valedictorian Nicole Gagnier, who will be at MIT in the fall, worked in a few statistics into her speech, ending with a euphoric "We did it!"

After the awarding of diplomas, Archbishop Gregory concluded the Mass with a final blessing and Mr. Dorsel presented the graduates of the Class of 2011 to the crowd for the first time. The Class of 2011 is an impressive class garnering the following accolades:

56 Graduates
Nearly 200 college acceptances
$3.7 Million in scholarship awards (not including the HOPE scholarship)
3 Eagle Scouts
5 playing college athletics
Acceptances to: MIT, UGA, Georgia Tech,Howard, SCAD, Notre Dame, U.S. Naval Academy, and Wake Forest

pictured at right: (top) Class of 2011, (bottom; L-R) Danny Dorsel, Dr. Starkovich, Archbishop Gregory, Mr. Campbell, and Ms. McPherson prior to graduation 


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