St. Cecilia Academy Traditions
Spiritual, serious, or just for fun, each of these traditions contribute to the unique charism of the school.
The annual retreat takes place on a weekday during the school year. Students participate in Eucharistic adoration and the Sacraments of Mass and Confession, listen to talks, present skits, and join in large and small group discussions.
Mass with the Bishop is celebrated, followed by a program where the seniors present the class gift to the school, announce the yearbook dedication, and present red roses to their parents as a token of gratitude. Following this occurs the Ceremony of the Passing of the Light, in which the graduating senior class passes the light of leadership to the rising senior class.
The weekend before school starts, the entire freshman class attends an overnight workshop off-campus planned and hosted by members of the senior class. This workshop provides freshmen with a relaxed environment to get to know all the members of their class.
Students dance the night away to old favorites with their fathers, uncles, or special family friend. In honor of their last Father/Daughter Dance, the seniors and their guests are formally presented.
During the first month of the school year every senior "adopts" a freshman. Throughout the week, seniors do fun activities for their freshmen, such as decorating lockers and leaving small notes and surprises for them. At the end of the week, the seniors sponsor a picnic at which time they reveal to "their" freshmen who they are.
The graduating class wears the traditional white cap and gown for the ceremony as they receive their diplomas, presented by the Prioress General of the Saint Cecilia Congregation.
The juniors receive their class rings, a red rose, and a special blessing at an evening Mass at the St. Cecilia Motherhouse. A reception is held for the juniors and their parents following the Mass.
There are two traditional class rings at St. Cecilia Academy. The first is an oval, dark red stone surrounded by the school name. The second class ring is the school coat of arms set in a flat, circular surface.
In August, all students who have been elected to school leadership positions meet for a two-day, one-night workshop. The students learn about the responsibilities of their particular positions, meet with their faculty sponsors, and participate in team-building and leadership activities.
The seniors, wearing spring dresses, carry roses in a procession to a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the end of the procession the President of Sodality, assisted by the Vice President of Spirituality for Sodality, crowns the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass is celebrated, followed by a picnic with family and friends.
The feast of St. Cecilia is celebrated with a Mass at which the Bishop of the Diocese presides. Red roses are used on the altar in honor of St. Cecilia. Following the Mass, there is and a fine arts assembly showcasing students' acting, singing, and artistic abilities, Freshman Class Pledge, and the Alma Mater, "We Love You, Saint Cecilia." The day concludes with a Mother/Daughter Tea.
Some of these traditions include eating lunch outside on the senior patio, having guests at lunchtime, wearing Saddle-Oxfords with the uniform, and wearing the "senior sweater," a yellow sweater with the school logo on it.
Each day during the week is designated as a particular theme. The students have numerous opportunities to show their SCArab spirit through planned activities and events. The week culminates in a day full of class competitions leading to the Spirit Award given to the class with the best participation and spirit.