121 Young Women to Graduate Saturday

May 20, 2015

President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 and Principal Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81  have announced the schedule for year-end events for the Class of 2015. On Tuesday, May 19, Honors Convocation will be held and on Wednesday, May 20, Alumnae Induction will take place. Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held Friday, May 22 in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel and Commencement Exercises will take place the following morning, Saturday, May 23 in The Philip Paolella Jr. Recreational Center.

Senior and select undergraduate awards will be presented at Honors Convocation when the fourth ranking student Cassidy Tobin will deliver the address. Cassidy will attend Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall and plans to major in chemical and biomolecular engineering. National Merit Finalist and the fifth ranked student Erinn Halasinski will deliver the welcome. She will attend Fordham University, on a full academic merit scholarship, where she plans to major in communications and media studies.

The entire senior class plans the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Welcoming remarks will be given by Student Council President Ashley Heidtmann, and closing remarks by Senior Class President Molly Andrus. A reception for seniors, parents, and faculty, sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, will immediately follow.

Commencement Exercises will take place the next morning when Sister Sheila and Sister Maureen will present diplomas to the Class of 2015. Sacred Heart alumna Mary Ellen Potash Gustainis ’83 – Sales and Marketing Director, North America/South America/Europe, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. – is this year’s commencement speaker. A 1987 dean’s list graduate of RPI, Mrs. Gustainis has been with DuPont since graduation from college, where she currently manages a staff of thirty sales and marketing professionals in seven countries.

During commencement, Jane Lockery,  third in the class, will deliver the Graduates’ Prayer; she has accepted a Presidential Scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and plans to major in biomedical engineering. National Merit Commended Scholar Isabella Siegel will deliver the salutatory address; she will attend Haverford College where she was accepted early decision, and will major in biology and minor in studio art.

Lauren Davis will deliver the valedictory address; she will attend Bentley University and major in mathematics and business in the Honors Program. Lauren has earned a full four-year academic scholarship to Bentley.

“The Class of 2015 has been accepted to 181 four-year colleges and universities in and out of the country including Boston College, BU, Bryn Mawr, Catholic, Colgate, Davidson, Emory, Fairfield, Fordham, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Loyola, NYU, Northeastern, Penn State, Pratt, Providence, Purdue, Quinnipiac, RPI, RIT, Sarah Lawrence, Smith, Stanford, Syracuse, Tulane, Union, UCal – Berkley & Santa Cruz, U Chicago, UConn, U Miami, U Notre Dame, UPenn, U Rochester, U St. Andrews, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Villanova, Wake Forest, Wesleyan, Yale and many more. One hundred percent of the class will continue their education…our very successful college placement is a result of early planning and students who are focused on their futures. As of mid-May, over 25 million dollars in academic and merit scholarship has been awarded to the Class of 2015,” offered Director of Guidance Kerry Alexander.

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