Our Spirit: Traditions
After 180 years, Saint Mary's has cultivated a wealth of traditions to mark important milestones, honor achievements and celebrate girls. Sharing in these traditions connects students with the generations that came before them and gives girls the courage to make their own special mark at Saint Mary's.
Students look forward to yearly events like Sigma-Mu Day, Spirit Week, Truckin' in the Grove food truck rodeo, Lighting O' the Grove, Honor Week, Winter Formal, Prom, Spring Fling, Dance Off, and commencement, to name just a few.
Saint Mary's iconic black onyx school ring bears the school seal and the student's class year. Saint Mary's rings are often passed from grandmother to mother to daughter. Students receive their ring at a formal ring ceremony in the fall of their junior year. The Saint Mary's school ring unites students with an international network of Saint Mary's alumnae.
The Saint Mary's School Hymn ties students to the school's spiritual foundation. Students sing it, arm-in-arm with friends and teachers in Chapel and at special events, and carry it with them far beyond Saint Mary's gates.
Academic convocations open and close each school year. In August, the opening academic assembly kicks off the first day of classes. In the spring, the Honors Convocation recognizes and celebrates students, faculty, and staff for outstanding academic achievements and contributions to school life.
OUR EPISCOPAL HERITAGE
At the heart of saint Mary's legacy is a rich Episcopal heritage, which informs the school's values and calls everyone in the community to respect the dignity of every human being and strive for justice and peace among all people. The historic Saint Mary's Chapel is the center of spiritual life on campus. A student vestry works closely with Saint Mary's chaplain, who leads worship and spiritual formation programs. Our chaplain is available to the entire Saint Mary's community for pastoral care, counseling, and spiritual guidance. Learn more about the Chapel program here.