Mercyhurst University is committed to the growth and development of theindividual student not only in academic work but in growth as a human beingliving in a community. Recognizing that a student’s learning extends beyond theclassroom, the University strives to provide a campus environment with a varietyof developmental, cultural, service, leadership, athletic, and social experiences.The cultural and spiritual activities on campus give students an opportunity toseek growth and to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.Athletic and social activities allow students to bond as members of the Universitycommunity and to engender a sense of pride in their University.
Each semester there are dance, theatre, and music performances on the campus,and numerous exhibitions of the works of art faculty and students are hosted in theUniversity’s gallery. These events provide an opportunity for self-expression andpersonal development. The University sponsors a film series that runs throughoutthe academic year. Award winning films (foreign and domestic) are chosen. Inaddition, the University, in association with Mercyhurst Student Government(MSG), brings guest speakers to the campus throughout the academic year. TheMulticultural Activities Council and Multicultural & Inclusion Coordinator alsosponsors a wide variety of cultural programming throughout the academic year
The social calendar at Mercyhurst provides a well-rounded program of activitiesand gives all elements of the University community a chance to socialize. Inaddition to the regular schedule of social activities, the University celebratesseveral major events throughout the course of the year. Hurst Day, an annualevent, where all classes are canceled and students, faculty and staff are invitedto take part in games, food and lots of fun! Other special events are hostedthroughout the year, including Family Weekend and Spring Fest, a weekend ofoutdoor activities culminating with a featured musical act.