Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

On May 21, the Class of 2023 crossed the stage of the Shannon Center and received their diplomas, joining a community of more than 28,750 alumnae who comprise the foundation of this champion institution. These young women graduate with a strong sense of self, an appreciation of our Mercy values, and gratitude for the friendships and experiences that will carry them through college and careers. Already accomplished, they possess the confidence and knowledge to achieve anything! Colleges that our Mighty Macs are attending include the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Villanova University, Marquette University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Clemson University, and Indiana University.

Student speakers pictured left to right, Eileen McInerny (Student Speaker), Cathryn Schultz (Salutatorian), and Ciara Hosty (Valedictorian)

Top Distinctions

Infused in the liberal arts, Mother McAuley’s academic curriculum centralizes on six key interdisciplinary skills found throughout all disciplines — from Science and Math to English and World Languages to Music and the Visual Arts.The graduating seniors with top honors and distinctions are:

  • Meagan Callahan - Central Michigan University
  • Caroline Conjar - University of Tennessee
  • Brigid Flannery - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Daniella Hall - Indiana University
  • Aine Hynes - Northwestern University
  • Ciara Hosty (Valedictorian) - University of Notre Dame
  • Georgia Lausch - Clemson University
  • Colleen Malloy (Sister Brian Costello Scholarship Award Winner) - Xavier University
  • Hannah McMahon - Marquette University
  • Abby Olsen - Saint Mary's College
  • Cathryn Schultz (Salutatorian) - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Class of 2023 by the Numbers

We celebrated our legacy and shared tradition with generational legacy portraits on graduation morning. Graduates posed with their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and/or aunts to commemorate this exciting milestone.

graduates have an alumna MOTHER

graduates have an alumna GRANDMOTHER

$90.1 million
awarded in college SCHOLARSHIPS

Illinois State SCHOLARS



ACCEPTED to universities / colleges for the past 12 years

STUDENT ATHLETES signed to play a collegiate sport

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