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Mount Family Association

Mount family Association LogoThe Mount Family Association is a place for students, parents, alumni and friends to come together as a community, participate in events and public forums, or just to find out what is happening on campus.

Run by the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, the Mount Family Association hosts annual activities, oversees some of our most important campus traditions and acts as a sounding board for your ideas, comments and concerns.

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Phone: 301-447-5362

Summer Send-Offs
Family Fest Weekend
► Final Exam Care Packages
► Mount Ring Tradition

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Summer Send-off is where the mount comes to you! Plan on meeting with other new first-year students and their parents, current students and proud alumni at our regional summer gatherings before the school year kicks off. 

Saturday, August 1
4 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5
6 - 8 p.m.

Palmieri Home
20 Jersey Street
Dewey Beach, DE

St. John the Evangelist Church
118 East 2nd Street
Frederick, MD
Gathering will be held in the St. John Parish Center

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Hosted by:
The Palmieri Family
Paul, C'92, Diane, C'83 & Madison, C'19
The Goles Family
Pat, C'64 & Chrystie, SJC'64

Hosted by:
Fr. Kevin Farmer, C'87



Sunday, August 9
4 - 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 9
4 - 6 p.m.

Conaghan Home
125 Sylvania Ave.
Avon by the Sea, NJ

Duffy Home
23 Lexington Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

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Hosted by:
David Conaghan, C'81


Hosted by:
Richard & Denise Duffy, parents of Kyle, C’16

Family Fest Weekend

Hosted by the Office of Campus Activities, Family Fest Weekend happens in September and is a great opportunity for families to visit their students at the Mount to see what life is like on campus and participate in all kinds of fun activities. With live entertainment, delicious food and activities for kids of all ages, Family Fest is a wonderful Mount tradition!

Details for Family Fest 2015, September 19-20

Some highlights of this event include:

  • BBQ Lunch on Founder's Plaza

  • Live Entertainment and Musical Performances

  • MSM Family Zone featuring inflatables, games & the Family Associations ice cream social

  • Sporting Events

  • Hike to Indian Lookout and Trips to the Grotto

  • Faculty Speakers and Campus Resources

  • Mass in the Grotto and Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Questions about Family Fest? Send an email to or call 301-447-7436.

Final Exam Care Packages

Final Exam care packagesThe Mount Family Association offers “Final Exam Care Packages”. The Mount Family Association partners with the university's ARAMARK Dining Services to provide a "Mount friendly" option offering the freshest, best value for you and your student. The items offered along with a personal note from you will make a big difference before exams.
There are two packages to choose from:

The Stress Buster Care Package includes snacks including trail mix, fruit, candy, popcorn, a stress ball and more.

The Mountaineer Spirit Care Package offers over 20 “success snacks” that will help with the much needed burst of energy. Various items include fruit, candy, popcorn, Easy Mac, cookies, a drink and even a coupon for a Mount smoothie or espresso (a favorite among Mount students).

This program is available for the Fall and Spring Semester each year. 
Make sure your good home address is on file so you receive information on this year's offerings. 

Ring Tradition

For almost 100 years, Mount students have participated in the Ring Tradition, an experience that extends generations into both the past and future. Junior students are presented their rings at the annual Ring Mass and wear them as a reminder of the goal of graduation. Alumni proudly wear their rings as an outward symbol of their time at the Mount, their accomplishments, their memories and their Mountaineer pride.

The tradition begins every year in the fall, when the class ring is revealed and the junior class places orders. Students are then presented with these timeless symbols during a full Catholic mass, where the rings are blessed in the presence of family, friends and the Mount Community. That same evening, the junior class holds a semi-formal Ring Dance to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Order Rings Online
Rings can be purchased online at simply by searching for “Mount St. Mary’s University” and selecting “Class of” in the “Rings” section. Representatives from Balfour will also be on campus for sizing and ordering assistance on various dates.

Junior Class Ring Mass
Date: TBA
All members of the junior class and their family and friends are welcome to attend the Ring Mass and Reception regardless of whether the student has chosen to purchase a class ring or not.

Junior Class Semi-Formal Ring Dance
Date: TBA
All members of the junior class are also invited to attend and are allowed to bring one guest. Guests may be outside of the junior class or non-Mount students. All students and guests must bring photo ID to be admitted to the dance.

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