The enthusiasm and excitement could be felt throughout the building as these 168 graduates and their families began arriving for the ceremonies. This past school year has brought tremendous success for this class academically, spiritually, artistically and athletically, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.
The ceremony opened with The National Anthem sung by seniors Maggie Roach, Sarah vonEgypt and junior Grace Ringwood. Salutatorian, Joe Scaglione provided a beautiful invocation as an official start to the morning including his message to his fellow graduates to “view every moment as an opportunity to create goodness and kindness in the world.” Along with the many academic, leadership and service awards, other highlights from the ceremony included:
- Valedictorian, Anna Gregory’s, message to her fellow graduates thanked faculty and parents reminding her classmates that “attending Lourdes is a special privilege”. She went on to say, “It is our time to go. Our future is boundless. Lourdes has prepared us for a bright future and we must remain driven to accomplish all we set out to do.”
- Mrs. Merryman, in her message to “her seniors”, this year took her inspiration from Bono’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. She asked them to “Work with God to create your lives. Surrender your life to God. If you find your true self, you will find God, and I hope and pray you find what you are looking for.”
- Mrs. Merryman also acknowledged those faculty and staff who are retiring this year: Mrs. Judi Maher (47 years), Ms. JoAnne Accolla (40 years in Catholic Education), Mrs. Phyllis Perrotta (20 years) and Mrs. Sophia Sweeny (6 years). A standing ovation from the crowd brought tears and special moments for each of these women who will be sorely missed. Earlier this year, Mrs. Hilary McAllister, our school nurse also retired. We wish them all a happy and healthy retirement.
- Board of Trustees Executive Chair, Genaro Argenio addressed the crowd thanking all in attendance for their support and ongoing commitment to our school. “Thank you for entrusting your children to us. Congratulations Class of 2018. You are a Lourdean forever!”
- Julia Schlottman and Brandon Hoolihan were named as recipients of the Lourdes Faculty Award.
The ceremony wrapped up with the Ave Maria sung by Maggie, Sarah and Grace, and Father Lutz providing the benediction. The procession of graduates then continued out to the front of the school for the annual tradition of the “throwing of the caps” in front of our Blessed Mother statue.
A beautiful ceremony, an outstanding group of graduates, family, and friends, administration, faculty, and staff all came together for a wonderful day.
Congratulations Class of 2018! We are excited to see where your futures will take you!
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