The 120 members of Mercersburg’s Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas Saturday, May 25, at the school’s 126th Commencement exercises.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on the lawn between Keil Hall and South Cottage and will be streamed live on the school’s website and on this web page. (In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will be moved to the Hale Field House.) A carillon recital will precede Commencement at 9 a.m., and a buffet luncheon will be hosted in Ford Hall following the program at 12:30 p.m.
Magdalena Kala ’09 will give this year’s Commencement address. A native of Poland, Kala was valedictorian of her senior class and went on to graduate from Harvard University and Stanford University. She is vice president of consumer, retail, and dining at Bain Capital and an angel investor in consumer startups. Kala served on Mercersburg’s Board of Regents from 2015 to 2018 and is a member of her 10th reunion host committee; her class will celebrate its 10th reunion at Mercersburg in June.
Others offering remarks during Commencement will include Class of 2019 Valedictorian Sophia Divone and Salutatorian Jason Fang; this year’s Schaff Orators, Patrice McGloin and Thomas Yonke; Class President Hunter Roberts; Student Council President Jerry Jaime Gomory; and Head of School Katie Titus P ’20.
Commencement Weekend will kick off Friday, May 24, in the Burgin Center for the Arts with the Senior Art Reception from 2–3:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Gallery and the Senior Music Recital at 3:30 p.m. in the Simon Theatre. A buffet dinner will be held in Ford Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by a carillon recital at 6 p.m. Baccalaureate will take place in the Irvine Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m., with retiring faculty member Frank Rutherford ’70 P ’03, ’06, ’06 as the featured speaker. (Baccalaureate will be streamed live on the school’s website and on this web page.)
Mercersburg’s Class of 2019 hails from 17 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 16 nations of the world. They received admission offers from 239 colleges and universities and will matriculate to 86 different institutions, with the United States Naval Academy being the most popular destination (seven students), followed by the College of William and Mary and the University of California-Los Angeles (four students each).
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173