When they left for their senior class trip to Disney World on March 12th, they had no idea that they would never return to the school building to finish out their senior year. Instead, due to COVID-19, online learning began March 18, AP exams were taken online, senior prom could not happen and the final celebration of a graduation ceremony was unknown. Determined to provide this class with a proper celebration and Lourdean send-off, the OLL administration put together a series of events that culminated with the planning of two ceremonies the weekend of June 26-27. One for all graduates and their families in the North campus parking lot and the second on Saturday morning for graduates only and a Live stream for friends and families to view.

Friday night the campus was alive with smiles and excitement from all families as they celebrated from their cars. The roof of the press box served as the stage and the ceremony opened with The National Anthem sung by Amanda Romero.  Salutatorian, Adrian D’Souza provided the Invocation and Valedictorian, Theo DeGuzman addressed his fellow graduates. The OLL Administration was in full representation with Mr. Krieger presiding over the program, Mrs. Vilardo announcing each graduate by name and Mrs. Merryman addressing the audience.

This past school year has brought tremendous success for this class academically, spiritually, artistically, and athletically. This class boasts, 1 National Merit Winner, 10 National Merit Commended students, 3 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, and 18 NCAA committed athletes.

Along with the many academic, leadership, and service awards, other highlights from the ceremonies included:

  • It has become a tradition for Mrs. Merryman, in her message to “her seniors”, to take her inspiration from different songwriters. This year it was Bill Withers Lean On Me, which has become a bit of an anthem during this pandemic.  
  • At Saturday’s ceremony, Bishop Gerardo Colacicco provided his message and blessing to the Class of 2020.
  • Merryman also acknowledged Mrs. Jane Heinsman who is retiring this year. Mrs. Heinsman just completed her 19th year of teaching, and the Lourdes community will miss her. We wish her all the very best!
  • Friday evening, Father Michael Connolly wrapped up the ceremony with a blessing of the graduates.
  • Amanda Romero and Anthony Perpetua were named as recipients of the Lourdes Faculty Award.
  • Cassidy Millott led the Prayer with her fellow graduates and sang her special rendition in a tribute to the Blessed Mother.

 Congratulations Class of 2020!  We are excited to see where your futures will take you!

View full Ceremony from Saturday below.