Lawncrest Resident, Katie Furphy, Receives Award at Honors Convocation

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Award recipient Katie Furphy with Dr. Cheryl Lynn Horsey, vice president for student services at Gwynedd-Mercy College

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA (05/19/2010)(readMedia)-- Katie Furphy, who resides in the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, received the Catherine McAuley Award during Gwynedd-Mercy College's Honors Convocation on May 14.

The award honors Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Today, the Sisters of Mercy sponsor Gwynedd-Mercy College and numerous other educational, health care and social service institutions in service to the poor, sick and uneducated.

Furphy received the award for her dedication to the mission and values of the College and her spirit of service. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice on May 15.

Based on a 2009 national report from the American Enterprise Institute, Gwynedd-Mercy College ranked fourth in its category for high graduation rates. The college prepares students to become top professionals in the fields of allied health professions, arts and sciences, business, education and nursing. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1948, Gwynedd-Mercy College is a coeducational institution offering more than 40 associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. Situated on Sumneytown Pike between routes 309 and 202 in Gwynedd Valley, Montgomery County, the college also offers degree programs for working adults through its Center for Lifelong Learning campuses in Plymouth Meeting and Philadelphia. Learn more at