Ceremony for Study Away Students

Faculty and staff gathered to hold a ceremonial send-off for students who will study abroad next semester – from Tokyo to Berlin - as part of the “Study Away” program.

Study Away students at sendoff ceremonyAmong those studying away are juniors Journee Levasseur of Mechanic Falls; Sequoia Johnson of Bar Harbor; Senna Bui of South Portland; Jessica Frawley of Billerica, Massachusetts; and Sarah Norton of Portland all of whom expressed excitement at the experiences that await them.

“I will be taking a Holocaust studies class when I’m in Berlin,” said Johnson, a psychology major. “I’m excited to see how daily life in these places are connected to their own history, but different from our history here in the United States.”

“I’ve never traveled before or been on a plane!” said Levasseur, a biology/pre-medicine major. “I’m really excited to study in London.”

Father John McHugh said, “May your world be a better place on the day of your return than it was on the day of your departure because friendship and peace have followed in your steps. May you leave with our blessing and return a blessing to us.”

Next year, students will consider a new Study Away opportunity: to intern in Granada, Spain beginning in May of 2017 or they may study there for a semester, beginning in September of 2017.

The gathering was held at the school’s new Baggot Street Café. The venue was an appropriate one for the blessing as the café is named for Baggot Street, the street where Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, established the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827.

Students interested in studying away should contact Suzanne Murphy at smurphy@sjcme.edu.