In 1971, after nearly 120 years as an all-male college, Loyola merged with Mount Saint Agnes College, a women’s Catholic institution run by the Sisters of Mercy. Since then, Loyola has made an effort to keep the memory of “The Mount” alive and to prioritize the expansion of educational opportunities to include all groups. As we approach the anniversary of 50 years of women and their contributions to the Evergreen campus, we will celebrate the accomplishments of coeducation throughout the 2021-22 academic year.
The merger combined Loyola’s motto, Strong Truths Well Lived, with the values and philosophy of the Sisters of Mercy, whose mission is to respond to unmet needs through compassionate service and social change. Sister Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters, inspired women to recognize their inherent dignity and become self-sufficient by way of education. Without the Sisters of Mercy, the alumnae of Mount Saint Agnes College, and all of our female students following the merger, Loyola would not be the institution it is today. As we embark on this celebration, we urge you to consider the importance of our institution and greater society working toward fostering inclusivity for everyone. Growth and inclusion do not impede our own space but rather expand our minds for the better.
Updates will be sent to the Loyola community and alumni through email and social media as the University plans a wide range of virtual and in-person events marking this occasion.
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The committee for the Celebration of 50 Years of Women at Loyola would like to hear from you! If you have suggestions, thoughts, or feedback for how our community might honor and mark this milestone in our University’s history, please reach out through this feedback form or write to 50Years@Loyola.edu.
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