The ceremony was enriched by the presence of the school concert band, performing under the direction of Mr. Richard Rose, and a beautifully decorated stage. These 154 graduates began their high school journey amidst the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, making their senior year and the typical high school traditions all the more cherished. Events like 99 Days, Senior Prom, the Disney Trip, theatre arts performances, and sporting events brought the class together, creating lasting memories outside the classroom.

The Class of 2024 achieved remarkable success in various domains: academically, spiritually, artistically, and athletically. The class includes four National Merit Commended Students who collectively earned over $55 million in college scholarships. This fall, they will continue their educational journeys at prestigious institutions such as Catholic University, Clemson, Cornell, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hamilton College, MIT, NYU, NYU Shanghai, Northeastern, Providence College, Salve Regina, USC, and many more. Their accomplishments fill us with pride, and we eagerly anticipate their future endeavors.

Highlights from the ceremony included numerous academic, leadership, and service awards. The ceremony commenced with a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem by senior ensemble members Jaden Courtemanche, Zuri Diem, and Ilana Schaad. Salutatorian Magdalena Regenauer delivered the Invocation, and Nelson Zheng inspired his classmates with his Valedictory Address. Principal Meghan Vilardo then conferred the diplomas, much to the excitement of everyone in attendance.

Alumnus David Tyner ’87, this year’s keynote speaker, entertained the crowd with heartwarming stories and valuable advice for the graduates’ futures. The prestigious Warrior Award was presented to Mary Igoe and Patrick Faughnan. Abigail Anderson and Stephen Sume led a heartfelt prayer with their fellow graduates.

The ceremony concluded with a moving performance of Ave Maria by Jaden Courtemanche, Zuri Diem, and Ilana Schaad, and a benediction from Reverend Michael Connolly. The graduates then proceeded to the front of the school for the traditional “throwing of the caps” at the statue of the Blessed Mother.

This beautiful ceremony, featuring an outstanding group of graduates, their families, friends, administration, faculty, and staff, created a memorable and wonderful night. We look forward to seeing where the future will take the Class of 2024!

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