The Ursuline Tradition
Every Ursuline girl is a part of a rich history and tradition that dates back nearly 500 years. Founded by St. Angela Merici in 1535, the Ursuline Order was established with the mission of educating and guiding young women. Today, we see this mission continue on our campus in Dedham as well as on the campuses of more than 100 Ursuline schools world wide that serve 40,000 students annually.
Ursuline Schools are part of the Ursuline Educational Network, a collaborative effort established to carry the Ursuline educational tradition into the future. Each school shares in the mission of St. Angela Merici and celebrates it in their classrooms as well as with wonderful traditions and events.
Some of the traditions here at Ursuline Academy in Dedham date back to the school's founding in 1819 and 1946 (see school history for more information), while others have been newly created.
Students look forward to the Junior Ring Ceremony, Senior Class Balloon Pop and Senior Retreat, the annual Christmas Talent Show, and singing Serviam at every student Mass. There are Spirit Week theme days, Halloween costume contests, the pre-Thanksgiving Powderpuff game between the seniors and the juniors, and the annual Mission Day.
Ursuline Academy's Commencement ceremony with traditional white gowns and red roses, is an occasion for pride and pageantry, with rituals and symbols shared at Ursuline schools around the world.