North Wales Resident, Mary Lawn, Honored with Award at Commencement

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Award recipient Mary Lawn with Kathleen Owens, PhD, president of Gwynedd-Mercy College, before Commencement on May 15.

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA (05/20/2010)(readMedia)-- On Saturday, May 15, Mary Lawn of North Wales, Pa., was honored with the Tender Courage Award during Gwynedd-Mercy College's commencement exercises. Lawn has served as a staff member in the college's admissions office since 1989. As a lifelong learner, she earned degrees from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 1994 and 1997.

The Tender Courage Award was established in 1993 to honor Sister Isabelle Keiss, RSM, who served as the third president of Gwynedd-Mercy College for 22 years. The award is named for a book Sister Isabelle co-authored about the life of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Each year, the Tender Courage Award is presented to a Gwynedd-Mercy College administrator or staff member who exemplifies the ideals of Mercy and the mission of the college. Lawn personifies tender courage in her daily life as a colleague, a wife, and a mother of 11 children, several of whom are Gwynedd-Mercy College alumni.

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