Congratulations to the Mount's Class of 2022 as they were inducted into the Alumnae Association in Immaculate Conception Chapel on Tuesday, May 31st. The induction was followed by a memorable Mother/Daughter Tea in the Sister Lisa Gambacorto Theater.
In her welcoming remarks, JoAnn Rojek Minnicino '74, P'11, Alumnae Association President, said, "Today, you will become part of a larger community, the Alumnae Association. So it is with great trust and confidence that we are passing our most precious legacy to you. We are counting on you to nurture it and keep it growing for future generations. The Academy will not continue to flourish without your support. It is your responsibility to keep the Mount viable for future generations and to continue the work of the Venerable Catherine McAuley."
The Opening Prayer was offered by Mercy Associate, Mary Lou DiDia '72 and the "Characteristics of a Mercy Graduate" were outlined by Jessica Porchetta Bodajlo '92. Jacqueline Compton D'Alessio '60 led the recitation of the Alumnae Pledge and Irene Hopkins, Alumnae Relations Coordinator, recognized the Class Agents - Cassandra Cavuoto '22 and Bridget Mooney '22 - for the graduating class.
The following alumnae and seniors illuminated candles during The Affirmation of Mercy Core Values:
Mercy Candle: Marcy Salerno Hackett '87 and Arianna Salerno '22
Respect: Lana Savron Abbott '86 and Emily Abbott '22
Service: Erika Parisse Demetrick '89 and Angelika Demetrick '22
Justice: Danielle Panicone Leonardis '87 and Natalie Leonardis '22
Compassion: S. Carol Conly, RSM '59 and Grace Schwartz '22
Integrity: Laura Capece Venables '99 and Ava Janish '22
During the tea, a special presentation was made to the guests by Megan Luppino '12 and Mary Mathern '86, P'21. Mrs. D'Alessio '60 concluded the induction with a lovely message quoting the poet, E.E. Cummings.