Mount Mercy Academy held its 115th graduation ceremony at the Avanti Mansion on June 28. Fifty-two members of the class of 2020 received their diplomas from Margaret Staszak, the Mount Mercy principal. President Margaret M. Cronin, senior class moderator Mary Colby and senior counselor Jessica Bakkila also took part in the graduation.
Salutatorian Olivia Larson (Orchard Park) welcomed and addressed the audience to open the ceremony. Allysyn Pajek (West Seneca), the valedictorian, delivered the valedictory address. She thanked the faculty, her parents, friends and classmates for a memorable four years and congratulated her classmates on all of their accomplishments
Larson was presented with the Frances Warde Leadership Award and Hope Willert (West Seneca) was presented with the Catherine McAuley Service Award.
The graduating Class of 2020 from Mount Mercy Academy earned over $11.3 million in merit-based college scholarships and grants.