Countdown to Commencement–Activities for the Class of 2017

May 23, 2017

President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 and Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76 have announced the schedule for year-end events for the Class of 2017. On Tuesday, May 23, Honors Convocation will be held and on Wednesday, May 24, Alumnae Induction will take place. Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held Friday, May 26 in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel and Commencement Exercises will take place the following morning, Saturday, May 27 in The Philip Paolella, Jr. Recreational Center.

Senior and undergraduate awards will be presented at Honors Convocation when the fourth ranked student, Abigail Kelly, will deliver the convocation address.  Abby will attend Brown University in the fall and plans to major in English and minor in psychology. Number five in the class, Caroline Berberian, will deliver the welcome; she will attend Davidson College in the pre-med track. The entire senior class plans the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Welcoming remarks will be given by Student Council President Katherine Mackey, and closing remarks by Senior Class President Caitlyn Napierkowski. Katie will attend Loyola University Maryland and Kate, the Quinnipiac University nursing program.  A reception for seniors, parents, and faculty, sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, will immediately follow.

Commencement Exercises will take place the next morning when Sr. Sheila and Sr. Kathleen Mary present diplomas to the Class of 2017.  Mary Gniadek, Esq., ’04 will deliver the Commencement Address; Mary earned a BA in molecular and cell biology and distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, and a JD degree from Michigan Law School, cum laude.  Following law school, she received a Bates Fellowship from Michigan Law School to work in Austria as a legal consultant in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. For two years, Mary served as a law clerk for two judges in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Superior court. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York, and is currently an associate in the appellate and insurance coverage departments at Hicks, Porter, Ebenfeld & Stein, P.A.

During commencement, Catherine Valloso, third in the class, will deliver the Graduates’ Prayer; she will attend Fairfield University and plans to major in international relations. Alysse Mastriano will deliver the Salutatory Address; she will attend the Boston College nursing program in the fall.  Elizabeth Lamont will deliver the Valedictory Address; she will attend Vassar College and is undecided on a major but considering history or art history.

“The Class of 2017 has been accepted to more than 200 four-year colleges and universities including Bentley, BC, Brown, Bucknell, Catholic,  Davidson, Dickinson, Emory,  Fairfield, Fordham, George Washington, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Holy Cross, Howard, Lafayette, Loyola, Macalester, McGill, NYU, Northeastern, Penn State, Pratt, Providence,  Quinnipiac, RIT, Rutgers, Skidmore, Smith, Trinity, UCLA, UConn, U Georgia, U Miami, Union, U Richmond, U Rochester, Vassar, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee, and many more. One hundred percent of the class will continue their education…our successful college placement is a result of early planning and students who are focused on their futures. As of mid-May, more than 20 million dollars in academic, merit, and community scholarships has been awarded to the Class of 2017,” offered Director of Guidance Kerry Alexander.

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