Alumnae of Academy Immaculate Conception and Marian Heights Academy

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"...perpetuation of friendship and mutual encouragement..."

Academy Immaculate Conception is a girls boarding school owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Benedict for 130 years. It opened in 1870, three years after the sisters founded Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. The school was established to provide an education for girls who wished to acquire proficiency in the fine and practical arts. The school name was changed to Marian Heights Academy in 1973, and in 2000, the sisters closed the Academy due to increasing operating costs, decreasing enrollment, and concerns about the future of girls boarding schools. 

The Academy Alumnae Association was formed in 1925. All attendees and staff of Academy Immaculate Conception/Marian Heights Academy are members of the Alumnae Association. A board of directors provides leadership for the association. The Academy Alumnae Reunion is held annually on the last Sunday in June. 


Save the Date!

June 28-29, 2014

It’s again time for our Academy “family” reunion, a weekend when we come together to strengthen our ties of friendship and celebrate our “sisterhood.”  

Get a jumpstart on the celebration. Stop by the MHA gym on Saturday afternoon and enjoy a relaxing and fun “gathering of the girls” — an afternoon open for whatever you choose, even shooting basketball.

Last summer, the first time for this Saturday event, alums in classes from the 50s through the 90s mingled with old and young, with friends and cohorts, sharing refreshments and memories.
The gym will be open on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. Eastern time. This will give you the evening time to go to dinner with classmates and friends.

Other Reunion Details

Classes that graduated in years ending in 4 or 9 will celebrate special anniversaries. The class of 1964 is the “golden anniversary class.” We hope for record attendance by anniversary classes and the “in-between” classes.   

Alumnae raffle – The Board will again have a raffle of special items they and other alums contribute. You can purchase tickets on any of the items for $1 or 6 for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn at the reunion dinner on Sunday.

Please register for Alumnae Day by June 11 so we can have places for you and enough meals ordered. Register online at

A $25 fee for Alumnae Day covers the cost of the meal, setup, and continental breakfast, and helps pay for Jottings, the alumnae newsletter. Payment may be made when you register (by June 11) or when you sign in on Alumnae Day.

If you need accommodations for the weekend, check the hotel listing in Jottings.       
Weekend Schedule (All times are Eastern Daylight)

Saturday, June 28
•    “Gathering of the girls” in MHA gym from 2 to 7 p.m. (Raffle items and tickets will be available.)

Sunday, June 29
•    Registration – Sign in, and pay if you didn’t pre-pay (Assembly hallway) – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
•    Continental breakfast in the Assembly – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
•    Mass in the monastery church – 10:30 a.m.
•    Dinner in St. Gertrude Hall in the monastery – about noon
•    Annual meeting following the dinner: recognition and photos of anniversary classes, announcements, winning tickets drawn for raffle, attendance prizes, etc.
•    Visiting throughout the afternoon

Register by June 11 in order to be included in the meal count on Alumnae Day, Sunday, June 29.  We hope to see you in June!

View photos from the 2013 reunion on our SmugMug page!

Reunion photos

Alumnae Reunion Photos

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Jottings is the newsletter for alumnae of Academy Immaculate Conception and Marian Heights Academy. It is published twice a year.

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