On September 15, 2022, more than 300 members of our Ursuline School community enjoyed a unique evening honoring our 125-year history!
The beautiful campus was dotted with archival displays which highlighted milestones in the development of our school. These included a tribute to our first president and long-time principal, the beloved Sr. Jean Baptiste Nicholson, fun facts about campus features - such as the phone booth of years past, the peace pole, and the wooden carving of the Ursula Laurus crest – and academic advances such as the introduction of laptops and the Ursuline sister school exchanges.
Walking from the Kulsar& McCarthy Lobby toward the Christina Jun Murphy ’22 Student Commons, many people were captivated by the colorful timeline stretching along the wall.
As guests strolled the interactive archives, clicking on QR codes to learn more details, they enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres and special beverages. The Innovation Hub was transformed into an “adults only” Beechmont Tavern serving popular cocktails by the decade!
The evening featured a special retrospective. Dr. Melnyk began the program with a tribute to our cherished Ursuline Sisters. Then alumnae shared unique presentations of each decade from the 1950s through the 2020s. After each decade reflection, a joyful fashion show was narrated by Director of Philanthropy Cathy Fay McCarthy ’84 P’14, accompanied by music of that decade. Current students had fun walking the runway in uniforms from the 1950s through today, graduation and prom fashions, athletic uniforms and even a First Holy Communion dress and veil from the early years.
Our motto “Ac Fui” – “I was there” – has never been as creatively experienced as it was on this festive occasion. 125 years and counting!