Matriculation Ceremony formally welcomes new students  

Members of the Lauralton Hall Class of 2017 and transfer students were formally inducted into the Lauralton Hall community at a decorous ceremony on the evening of August 27. Parents, relatives and friends joined faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees in welcoming the new students to the Lauralton family.

In keeping with this unique Lauralton tradition, the new students marched in to the ceremony accompanied by the bagpipes and drums of the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band; the same band that will accompany them as they leave the school after their commencement ceremony.

Each incoming student shook hands with President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D. and Michael Amato, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and signed the Lauralton Hall registry book. They also signed a poster listing the Core Values of a Mercy Education: Compassion and Service, Educational Excellence, Concern for Women and Women’s Issues, Global Vision and Responsibility, Spiritual Growth and Development and Collaboration.

The signing represents the students’ acceptance of these values and the poster will remain with the class throughout their four years at Lauralton Hall. Annette Tara, mother of Victoria Tara, ’17, “loved the Matriculation Ceremony. The personalization made the girls feel so welcome and the ceremony served as yet another positive milestone in the girls’ lives. The bagpipers, the signing of the registry…all so very emotional and special.”

Kathleen Kearns Donahue, ’80, Director of Alumnae Relations, presented the Class of 2017 with their class flag, symbolizing their connection to their alma mater and to Lauralton Hall’s more than 5,300 alumnae.

English teacher Pam Boynton said, “I know as both a Lauralton Hall parent and educator that life is full of many firsts—a baby’s first tooth or a preschooler’s first day of kindergarten. Our matriculation ceremony is a special “freshman first.” It marks the first time the freshman class formally gathers as Lauralton Ladies. They understand that they are poised at the start of their academic journeys with us here and—most importantly—that we as faculty stand with them. They’re not alone. They are a new part of our world now, a place dedicated to nurturing and empowering them.


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