Presidential Inauguration

Join us for the Presidential Inauguration of Deanne H. D'Emilio, J.D. as the sixth president of Gwynedd Mercy University on Friday, April 13, 2018. Leading up to the Installation Ceremony, GMercyU is hosting a week-long celebration filled with service, academic, and social events.

Meet Deanne H. D'Emilio, JD
Schedule of Events
Alumni Registration
Information for Delegates and Participants Bringing Greetings


Meet Deanne H. D'Emilio, JD

Deanne H. D'Emilio, JD began her tenure as the sixth President of Gwynedd Mercy University on August 1, 2017. Most recently, she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Carlow University – another Mercy-sponsored institution.  

Learn more about President D'Emilio's journey to GMercyU.


Schedule of Events

The celebration will begin on Saturday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 14. 

Saturday, April 7

Autism Conference
University Hall, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Gwynedd Mercy University's Autism Institute is hosting the 11th Annual Autism Conference. The free Conference will feature more than 20 workshops  presented by highly-respected professionals in the area of autism spectrum disorders. The content of the workshops is research-based best practices for working with individuals on the autism spectrum presented to an audience of professionals, preparing professionals, and family members. 

To learn more and to register, visit GMercyU's Autism Conference page

Sunday, April 8

Alex Valeno Special Persons 5K Walk/Run
Turf Field, 12 p.m.

Gwynedd Mercy University's Special Education Club is hosting the Sixth Annual Alex Valeno Exceptional Person’s 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, April 8, 2018.  

To learn more and to register, visit the Alex Valeno Exceptional Person’s 5K Walk/Run page.

Monday, April 9

Day of Service 
The Griffin Complex and Rotelle Lounge, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In the Mercy tradition of service, members of the GMercyU community will gather to package more than 15,000 meals to benefit Catholic Relief Services. There will also be a "Prayer Walk" located in Rotelle Lounge where you will be able to learn more about the story of global hunger in Burkina Faso, sample the meal, make a contribution and advocate for global hunger relief. 

Tuesday, April 10

Academic Symposium
Julia Ball Auditorium, 7 p.m.

A discussion of the Integration of the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy into the Seminar Courses. Sister Cora Marie Billings, RSM, who is a member of the Anti-Racism Transformation Team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, will serve as the keynote speaker followed by a panel discussion with GMercyU faculty. 

Wednesday, April 11

Health and Wellness Fair
Julia Ball Auditorium, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This annual event will feature more than 20 organizations providing health and wellness services, including nutritional counseling, eye exams, and information on sports safety. The event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, April 12

Student Research Conference
University Hall, 5 p.m.

Undergraduate and Graduate students from all schools will showcase their research at the annual conference. The night will begin with a general poster session at 5 p.m., followed by individual presentations. Specific presentation times will be available prior to the event. 

Friday, April 13

Ecumenical Service & Reception
Julia Ball Auditorium, 10 a.m.

President D'Emilio's Inauguration Day will begin with an Ecumenical Service followed by a brief reception. Former GMercyU Chaplain Father John Collins will preside over the ceremony.

Alumni interested in attending the Ecumenical Service & Reception can register here! 

Installation Ceremony
The Griffin Complex, 12 p.m.

Please join the GMercyU community for the Presidential Inauguration of Deanne H. D'Emilio, J.D. as the sixth president of Gwynedd Mercy University. 

Alumni interested in attending the Installation Ceremony and following reception (see below) can register here!

Installation Reception
Griffinaerie, 2 p.m.

Following the Installation Ceremony, guests are invited to a reception with President D'Emilio. 

Campus Fair
Rotelle Lounge, 2 p.m.

Following the Installation Ceremony, guests are invited to participate in the Campus Fair, which will feature GMercyU's student clubs and organizations.

Saturday, April 14

Philly Hope HD
GMercyU's Campus, 10:30 a.m.

GMercyU's Biology Program is hosting the 8th Annual Philly Hope HD Walk to raise money and awareness for Huntington's Disease. Learn more and register here!

Spring Fling
Outdoor Basketball Courts, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Inauguration Week will come to an end with GMercyU's annual Spring Fling. There will be food, games, and entertainment for the entire GMercyU community. The event is hosted by the Student Activities Committee. 


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Information for Delegates and Participants Bringing Greetings

We are very excited to have you participate in the Inauguration ceremonies for Deanne D’Emilio, JD, as a representative of your distinguished institution. The following information is a general overview of the events and logistics for the day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bobi McHale at or 215-542-5794. 

Parking for All Events: Parking will be held for College and University Delegates in Parking Lot C (see Campus Map). There will be directional signs as well as security on campus to guide you. You will be sent via email a reserved parking pass to show security when you arrive. 

Robing: A secure room will be provided for Robing and personal belongings that will be staffed and secured during all inauguration events. The robing room is located in University Hall (see Campus Map) and there will be directional signage indicating the location for the various groups. The robing rooms will open at 9:00 a.m.

Ecumenical Service: The Ecumenical Service will be held in Julia Ball Auditorium (see Campus Map) at 10 a.m.  Delegates in attendance will not need to be robed in Academic Attire. Belongings and academic attire can be dropped off in University Hall prior to the service.
Installation Ceremony: Robing will begin at 11:00 a.m. Each delegate will have an assigned position in the procession according to the year of founding of his/her institution. Those individuals bringing Greetings will be lined up separately.  We ask that you be robed no later than 11:20 a.m. so that we can assure the appropriate order of the procession.

Procession: The Inaugural Procession will form at 11:30 a.m. and will walk outdoors from University Hall to The Griffin Complex (see Campus Map) where the event will be held. 

Academic Attire: If you choose to process, academic attire is required.     

Campus Contact: Please contact Bobi McHale at or 215-542-5794. For emergencies on the day of the event, contact the Public Safety Office at 215-646-7300, ext. 21522.