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.
At the annual Mission Day, a tradition celebrated at Ursuline schools worldwide, students transform the campus into a fairground for games and celebrations to raise funds for local charities and Ursuline missions. Everyone looks forward to the annual Father-Daughter Dance, the Junior Ring Ceremony, class trips to New York City and Philadelphia as well as the Ursuline Prom and dances. Ursuline Academy's Commencement ceremony is an occasion for pride and pageantry, with rituals and symbols shared at Ursuline schools around the world.