CLASS OF 2024
Senior Class families are asked to stay connected to email. Please note this webpage will be continually updated with important dates, details and information.
Service Hours Deadline, Reflection Paper & Awards
- A minimum of 40 service hours are required for graduation. Consult Mobile Serve to see total service hours recorded. (Please note, hours for NHS and Youth Mercy Associates do not count for graduation.)
- The service reflection paper is due March 1st and needs to be completed after reaching your minimum of 40 hours of service. See outline for paper here. Contact Mrs. Bennetts for questions or extension request.
- Service awards are given to students for every 100 hours of service. For example, if you had 20 hours of service in 9th grade, 50 hours of service in 11th grade and 30 hours as a senior, you will receive a 100 hour award at the honors assembly. When you hit 200 hours, you will receive the 200 hour award, etc. All hours need to be recorded by April 30th at 11:59 pm to count for service awards. If you received your 100 hour award during an earlier academic year, you will not be called on stage for the honors assembly. Only those earning new certificates will be recognized.
Contact Mrs. Bennetts in the Office of Mission & Ministry for any further questions regarding your service hours, paper and awards.
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
August 23: Senior Blessing Mass
Wear cap, gown and medallion
8:40am Mercy Auditorium
Parents/Guardians welcome to attend
September 22: Senior Tailgate 7:00am-7:45am
October 23: Senior Photo Yearbook Deadline for Prestige
November 6: Diploma Names Due
December 1: Yearbook Congratulatory Ads Due
January 31: Senior Class Alumnae Breakfast
March 1: Service Hours and Reflection Paper
April: End of Year Promise Due
An agreement that you will represent Mercy well in all of the end of year activities, including but not limited to, prom, Moving Up & graduation. If you do not submit the promise, you cannot participate in end of the year activities.
April: Senior Survey and Scholarship Notification Deadline
May 1: Graduation Gown Approval Deadline
May 9: Senior Prom
Roostertail (100 Marquette Dr, Detroit, MI 48214)
Arrival: 7:00pm - 7:45pm (Students must arrive by 7:45pm)
End Time: 11:00pm
Advanced ticket purchase required for entry. If you have not met school obligations, the Business Office may hold your tickets until fulfillment.
Student transportation needs to be planned accordingly.
When students enter, they will be greeted by members of Administration, so please be prepared for formal introductions.
A completed End of the Year Promise is required to attend.
May: Senior Final Exams
May 23: Mercy Celebration Day
All Seniors are expected to be in attendance for the full day for Adviser Parties, Honors Convocation and Moving Up. Students will wear their caps and gowns and should sign-in with their Adviser by 8:00am. If your daughter is absent from the Honors Convocation, she will not be allowed to participate in the Moving Up Ceremony. We would like to invite Senior Parents/Guardians to join us for the Honors Convocation at 8:45am.
May 23: Baccalaureate Mass & Reception
Mercy HS Auditorium
Family members are invited and welcome to attend.
Graduates are to wear their cap and gown along with proper dress-up attire.
Following Mass, the Senior Class will process to the courtyard and place a rose on the altar of Our Lady of Mercy. This procession, which began at the original high school campus in Detroit, is a long standing, solemn, and beautiful tradition in Mercy's history.
Closing remarks will be shared by Senior Class Officers, Sr. Emily George Award winner, and Heart of Mercy recipient.
Reception for families in the Gym to follow the celebration with light appetizers.
May: Final Grades & Transcripts
May 30: Mandatory Graduation Practice
Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit 48226)
Graduation practice is mandatory. If a student is not present, they will not be allowed to participate in the Graduation ceremony.
Parking is located at the Detroit Opera House Parking Center at 1426 Broadway Street and Graduates should enter the garage at the John R Gate. Mercy will pay for the parking and Graduates must take a ticket when they enter to receive validation.
Graduates are asked to please dress appropriately and bring the dress shoes to be worn at Graduation.
To avoid conflicts, please do not make appointments until after 1pm. We may run over the scheduled time, and all Graduates must stay until practice is completed.
All Graduation gowns must be approved by rehearsal in order to participate in the Graduation ceremony. If you haven't already done so, you will be contacted to please bring the dress to the Advancement Office or send a picture of the front and back of the dress, or a picture of you wearing the dress to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
June 2: Graduation Ceremony
Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit 48226)
Graduate Arrival: 1:15pm
Doors Open for Guests: 1:30pm
Graduates are asked to please check their Mercy email for last minute updates and instructions.
We kindly ask you allow extra time for travel, traffic and arrival. The Opera House assures us that the Grand Prix will not affect parking or traffic flow around the Opera House. They have the Detroit Opera House Parking Center (1426 Broadway Street) designated for Mercy and guests should use the John R Gate Entrance. Please note the parking fee is $20 per vehicle and payable by credit card only.
A ticket is required for entry at the Graduation Ceremony and each graduate receives eight tickets.
Graduates must be at the venue by 1:00pm and will enter through the stage/security doors off Madison. Doors on either side of the Detroit Opera House will be open at 1:30pm for family and guests to enter the building. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You will find the graduation seating chart here in order for you to best plan your seating choice and meeting location following the ceremony.
Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Student Government members will sit on the stage.
To preserve the dignity of the event and due to the lack of security backstage, Graduates should please leave their cell phones and personal belongings with a family member.
The ceremony will be recorded and livestreamed. The livestream link will be posted on mhsmi.org. Each Graduate will receive an individual Vimeo link to download and save the ceremony recording.
Please note we respectfully request your assistance to ensure the dignity of our ceremony. Each Graduate will have a final reflection read aloud upon receiving her diploma. In order to give every outstanding Graduate the respect deserved, we kindly request all applause be held until the end of the ceremony and guests refrain from cheering while Graduates cross the stage. Thank you for your part in making this celebration special and beautiful for our Graduates!
June 2: Senior All Night Party
RESOURCES & FORMS
Graduation Gown Approval
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, every student must have her white graduation gown approved by Dr. Kreger or her assistant, Mrs. Wojcik. Graduation gown requirement letter found here. Please bring the dress to the Advancement Office or send a picture of the front and back of the dress, or a picture of you wearing the dress to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Adopt a Seat
Leave a legacy for your graduate! For a minimum contribution of $200, you can Adopt a Seat in your graduate’s honor in Mercy's Auditorium. For further info or to Adopt a Seat, click here or contact the Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two marvelous Mercy Cafe Staff are available for your graduation party needs.
2024 Class Officer Board: Katelyn Cronan, Carly Dalloo, Bridie Hart, Miranda Mulligan, Elise Wilkins
Senior Moderators Angela Harris and Brandi Lavely: email@example.com
Dean of Student Affairs Eleasha Tarplin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Principal Colleen McMaster: email@example.com