Graduation at Visitation is marked by white dresses and gloves, red roses, a final walk through the Green Gate, and a bittersweet singing of Cor Jesu as our students become alumnae, joining a sisterhood of 6,500 women of faith, vision, and purpose.
My favorite thing about Visi is by far the school spirit and the amazing traditions! I love how involved everyone gets, which makes the traditions so exciting. We love our school, and we’re proud to show it!
The juniors receive their class rings together in a ceremony where each student gives a ring to a classmate in an unbroken chain of sisterhood.
Combining faith, fellowship, and food, Visitation hosts two special annual Mass & Brunch events for students - one with their mothers and one with their fathers.
Every class has an annual retreat that facilitates class bonding and spiritual reflection. As freshmen, students participate in a ropes course together. Sophomore Spectacular is an on-campus evening of fun and friends. Junior Retreat is a three-day getaway to Camp Maria. Finally, as seniors, the class gathers one last time for an all-day retreat before graduation.
The day before Thanksgiving break, our entire community gathers to offer thanks and celebrate our diverse heritage through food.
Students, faculty, and staff gather annually in October to learn about and honor Visitation's remarkable history.
Mothers and daughters join the Sisters in the Quad to recite the rosary together by candlelight.
The school is split into two teams: Gold and White. After a spirit week of anticipation, the community gathers for a Pep Rally and sports match with the Gold Team competing in a friendly competition against White Team.
The school comes together to roast marshmallows and "roast" teachers, in skits about school life that are written and performed by each class. The winning class gets a year of bragging rights.
The best part of my Visitation experience was Gold-White. I couldn't get the same experience anywhere else.
When students, teachers, and staff members join our community, each is assigned to either the Gold Team or the White Team. Team loyalties run deep and last for life!
Throughout the year, the Gold and White Teams earn points for various achievements and activities. In May, we announce the winning team, which earns the banner...and bragging rights.
Gold-White frenzy reaches its peak during our semiannual Gold-White Weeks, held in the fall and winter. Events include fun dress days, a pep rally, and an athletic match-up (field hockey in the fall and basketball in the winter), and throughout it all, our students' school spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm are overflowing.
The one thing I will remember most from my time at Visitation is winning Marshmallow Roast with my whole class, right after singing our senior class song together. After four years, this final victory was amazing!