Bendicion! A Mass of the Holy Spirit kicked off the new school year well attended by parents, students and faculty. Excitement was in the air with the first bell ringing. The 415 students embraced the adventure of a new chapter in their lives as they began the school year.
This year proves to be even more special as this year’s students become a part of Academy’s history as the school celebrates its 65th Anniversary – Cherish, Celebrate and Embrace. With a full week of activities, meet and greet, ice-breakers, fashion show, freshmen/new students breakfast, the first week was filled with adventure as once again a new school year begins and the Academy’s mission of fostering young women in academic excellence, responsible leadership, global awareness, social justice and compassionate service, rooted in the unique charisma of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy is underway.
“Happy 65th Birthday Academy of Our Lady of Guam”, cheered loudly by Sr. Francis Jerome, President, as she welcomed all students by class. Guiding the girls in her message to embrace The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Wonder & Awe, Reverence, Right Judgment and Courage, as their guiding tools for a successful school year. In closing with spirited encouragement, she exclaimed -- “We’ve come a long way, we need to show the strength of our school – the strength of Academy”, to which drew an outburst of applause from the students who were all excited and aflame to begin the new school year! Have a Blessed School Year, Acadamians!
The Academy of Our Lady of Guam Class of 2015, donned with pink, orange, and yellow Gerbera daisies, ended their penultimate school year with a Mass of Thanksgiving and the annual Junior Ring Ceremony on May 23, 2014 in the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. The class rings were blessed by Father Michael Jucutan and presented to the Class of 2015 by the school’s president, Sister Francis Jerome Cruz, RSM, (AOLG President) and Mrs. Mary Meeks (AOLG Principal).
The Junior Ring Ceremony has been a long-standing tradition of the Academy. According to Lourdes Babauta, Dean of Admissions at the Academy, “Traditions play an important roll in forming how one perceives oneself and the community to which one belongs.” The Junior Ring Ceremony symbolizes a rite of passage for the Class of 2015 – a passage that begins their senior journey, the last stretch of high school. “The class ring is a symbol of commitment,” says Babauta. “It represents the covenant between the school and the students.”