Since 1964, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen has served as the setting for every Mercy High School commencement—56 in total. This year, in a break with tradition, Mercy graduates returned to the Mercy High School campus to receive their diplomas on the Sisters of Mercy Field on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 9 a.m.

The Mercy High School community began the 2019-2020 school year celebrating the opening and dedication of their new Athletics Complex, including its new state-of-the art synthetic turf field. Little did they know that this year would be unlike any other, and that they would also officially end the year in the same beautiful venue. “I can hardly contain my excitementIt was magical!” said Joann Francis, mother of Megan ’20.  

Mary Beth Lennon ’85, president of Mercy High School noted, “We were delighted to host Commencement exercises for the first time in 57 years on the Mercy High School campus and we were thrilled to welcome our graduates and their guests home to our Sisters of Mercy Field. It was a deeply meaningful homecoming for our senior class who have not been together in person since March 13.”

Despite the different location, time-honored traditions were maintained during the commencement ceremony. One new element was added. Typically reserved for winning athletic teams, the Mount St. Agnes Victory Bell was rung in honor of the class. All those present for this event wore masks and social distancing guidelines were observed. 

While this has been an unprecedented year in the face of COVID-19, Mercy High School has maintained academic rigor and provided support for their students and families. The 76 members of the Class of 2020 earned more than $14 million in merit scholarships.

As this ceremony officially brings this school year to an end, Mercy High School is preparing for its 60th anniversary year, which begins in September. 

Mercy High School is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds in grades 9-12. A Mercy education is distinguished by rigorous academics, enabling students to form habits of lifelong inquiry, critical thinking and courageous action in a global society. More than 8,000 Mercy graduates bring their Mercy values into the world, in Baltimore and beyond. For more information about Mercy High School, visit 

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