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Festive Celebration of Our 125 Years

Festive Celebration of Our 125 Years

On September 15, 2022, more than 300 members of our Ursuline School community enjoyed a unique evening honoring our 125-year history!

Alumnae enjoy the archives


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 exchangesGo HERE to watch all the short videos created for this event. 

Interactive archival display


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.

A current family in front of the timeline


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 iHub transformed into the Beechmont Tavern
Sr. Brenda with young alums


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.

First Communion dress


Our motto “Ac Fui” – “I was there” – has never been as creatively experienced as it was on this festive occasion.  125 years and counting!  

We invite you to enjoy all the photos below and Go HERE to see additional reporting on each decade that was celebrated.

Young alumnae enjoyed the event
The 1950 alums in the iHub



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Lobby display
Chatting in front of an archival display
Photos of early years, in the lobby
Dr. Melnyk began the program
Ursuline Sisters enjoy the program
Helen looks back on the 1950s
1950 uniform and coat
Nancy describes the 1960s
Uniform of the 1960s
A suit look of the 1960s
Blue uniform, 1960s
1960s plaid skirt
Guests enjoyed the program
Muffy reflects on the 1970s
Koala mascot debuted in the 1970s
Pink fashions of the 1970s
Gym uniform of the 1970s
Uniform in the 1970s
Cathy holds up Ms Carey's whistle, 1970s
Angela talked about the 1980s
1980 uniform
Spring uniforms in the 1980s
Mary and Laura shared about the 1990s
Athletics in the 1990s
Ring Day shirts in the 1990s
Modeling the fashions of the 1990s
Middle Schooler in the 1990s fashion
Jhanay reflected first on the 2000s
Kara also talked about the 2000s
Field Day shirts began in the 2000s
Ursuline friends enjoy the program
Alexa shared about the 2010s
Fashion Show 2020s
Kelly shares about the 2020 decade
Newest fashions included masks
Dr. Melnyk and a trustee
Recalling the Beechmont fun
An alumna's family enjoys the event
Alumnae reconnect and enjoy the archives
Rina Gomez and St Anne Therese
Ursuline alums, students, and faculty with their families
Board representation
Faculty and staff enjoyed the even
Alum and husband in front of the timeline
Dr. Melnyk and alumnae
Alumnae and mothers of current students
Smiles in the makerspace
Art teachers are all smiles
Laughs in the iHub Beechmont
Mother and daughter at the event
Admin, teachers, and staff of The Ursuline School
Enjoying the food
Holding an Ac Fui shirt
1970s alumnae