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Congratulations graduates of the class of 2008


At North Cambridge Catholic, Fara Marcelin delivered the salutatorian address and Jennifer Ettiene the valedictory address. Pilot photo/ Patrick E. O’Connor

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As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot extends congratulations to all graduates of the archdiocese’s Catholic high schools.

Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro

Graduation took place on Sunday afternoon, June 1 at the school. Sister Patricia Conner, principal, presented diplomas to 54 girls, all clad in white dresses. The valedictory address was presented by Courtney Moreira.

Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree

The 56th commencement took place on Thursday evening, May 22 at the school. Principal Mary Lou Sadowksi presented diplomas to 142 graduates. Jill LaFond delivered the salutatory address and Sean Kimball delivered the valedictory address. An invited speaker for the occasion was Carmen Mariano, president of Archibishop Williams.

Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington

The 45th commencement took place on the grounds of Bentley College in Waltham on Friday, May 23. The school band performed superbly as diplomas were presented to 192 seniors. Delivering the salutatory address was Thuy Phan and Alexander Valente delivered the valedictory address. An invited speaker for the occasion was alumna Gail B. Lambie.

Austin Preparatory School, Reading

Graduation took place on Saturday, May 31. The salutatorian address was given by Keith Hayland and the valedictory address by Henry Ippolito. An invited speaker was Father Gary McCloskey, a member of the faculty at Merrimack College. Principal Paul Moran presented diplomas to 110 graduates.

Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody

The 46th commencement took place Friday evening, May 23 at the school. Diplomas were presented to 146 graduates. Delivering the salutatory address was Meredith Trembley and Alison Trainor delivered the valedictory address.

Boston College High School, Dorchester

The 144th commencement took place Sunday afternoon, May 18 at McNeice Pavilion. Graduates from the Class of 1958 participated in the ceremonies and were presented golden jubilee diplomas. Two graduates chosen to address the gathering were Nicholas Venturelli and John L. Brussard. An invited speaker for the occasion was alumnus Edmond D. Villani. Diplomas were presented to 326 graduates.

Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton

The 47th commencement took place Thursday evening, May 22 on the grounds of the school. Delivering the salutatory address was Dan Bernazzani and Bonie Rosario delivered the valedictory address. An invited speaker for the occasion was alumna Claire Sheehan and a member of the trustees. Diplomas were presented to 166 graduates. In the fall, the school will begin a yearlong celebration of its golden jubilee.

Cathedral High School, Boston

The 82nd commencement took place Saturday afternoon, May 31 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Shawn Lamour was chosen to address his fellow graduates. Principal Christol Murch presented diplomas to 48 graduates.

Catholic Memorial High School, West Roxbury

Holy Name Church was the setting for the 48th commencement Thursday evening, May 22. Outgoing president Brother James MacDonald presented diplomas to 165 graduates. The salutatory address was presented by Michael J. Harrington and the valedictory address was presented by Matthew C. Charest. Brother MacDonald will relocate to Texas in the summer and take charge of a new school staffed by the Christian Brothers. Among accomplishments of this years’ class was winning a Division 2 state title in basketball last March.

Central Catholic High School, Lawrence

The 70th commencement took place Friday evening, May 23 at Memorial Gymnasium. Members of the Class of 1958 attended and were presented golden jubilee diplomas. Principal David DiFillippo presented diplomas to 312 graduates.

Elizabeth Seton Academy, Dorchester

The fourth commencement took place Thursday evening, May 22 at St. Gregory Church. The valedictory address was given by Martika Jean-Charles. An invited speaker for the occasion was State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry. Principal Maureen White presented diplomas to 23 graduates.

Fontbonne Academy, Milton

The 51st commencement took place Thursday evening, May 22 in a tent erected on the school grounds for the occasion. Maura Gavaghan and Kristen Peters were chosen to address their classmates. Alumna Irene Desharnais was the guest speaker. Members of the first graduating class in 1958 attended the commencement as part of their reunion. Diplomas were presented to 136 graduates.

Hudson Catholic High School, Hudson

Graduation exercises took place at St. Michael Church in Hudson Friday evening, May 23. Diplomas were presented to 32 graduates.

Lowell Catholic High School, Lowell

The 19th commencement took place Friday evening, May 23 at St. William Church in Tewksbury. The valedictory address was given by Thinh Vu. Principal Mary Ellen DeMarco presented diplomas to 62 graduates.

Malden Catholic High School, Malden

The 72nd commencement took place Saturday afternoon, May 17 at the school gymnasium. Graduates from the Class of 1958 led off the procession and were presented golden jubilee diplomas. Stephen R. Allen delivered the salutatory address and Marc G. Steinberg delivered the valedictory address. Headmaster Thomas P. Arria presented diplomas to 160 graduates.

Marian High School, Framingham

Graduation took place Friday evening, May 23 at the school. The salutatory address was given by Megan McCann and the valedictory address by Rena Montville. Alumnus Paul Backstrand addressed the graduates. Diplomas were presented to 80 graduates.

Matignon High School, Cambridge

The 60th commencement took place on Thursday evening, May 29 at the school. A large number of graduates from the Class of 1958 led off the procession. Alumnus Carl Johnson addressed the graduates. Delivering the salutatory address was Lisa Dangora and Victoria Palange delivered the valedictory address. Principal Joseph DiSarcina presented diplomas to 59 graduates.

Mount Alvernia High School, Newton

The 69th commencement took place on Saturday afternoon, May 17 in the school gymnasium. The salutatory address was given by Julia Clare Fannon and the valedictory address by Christine Marie Gillis. Principal Kathleen Kent presented diplomas to 45 graduates.

Mount St. Joseph Academy, Brighton

The 123rd commencement took place Wednesday evening, May 21 in the school assembly hall. Delivering the salutatory address was Mariagrazia LaFauci and Jennah Ray Amineh Hiari delivered the valedictory address. Principal Kathleen Fraser presented diplomas to 80 graduates.

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Newton

The 128th commencement took place Thursday morning, June 12 on the grounds of the school under a tent erected for the occasion. Maria-Ines Carrera delivered the salutatory address and Jill Carlson delivered the valedictory address. Sister Barbara Rogers, headmistress, presented diplomas to 50 girls.

North Cambridge Catholic High School, Cambridge

The 87th commencement took place on Friday afternoon, May 30 at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Cambridge, the former Our Lady of Pity Church. The salutatorian address was given by Fara Marcelin and the valedictory address by Jennifer Ettiene. Invited speakers for the occasion included Father John P. Foley SJ and Thomas P. O’Neill, chairman of the school board. Diplomas were presented to 63 graduates. This years’ class will be remembered for winning the Division 4 state title in boys’ basketball last March.

Notre Dame Academy, Hingham

The 141st commencement took place Sunday, June 1. Delivering the salutatory address was Tracy Jasper and Brittany Concannon delivered the valedictory address. Principal Kathleen Colin presented diplomas to 132 graduates.

Notre Dame High School, Lawrence

Founded in 2003, Notre Dame proudly held its first commencement Saturday morning, June 7 at St. Mary Church in Lawrence. Delivering the salutatory address was Michelle Oviedo and Miriam Sanchez delivered the valedictory address. Diplomas were presented to 51 graduates.

Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Wakefield

Graduation took place Thursday, May 22 at the school. An invited speaker for the occasion was alumna Sister Mary Assumpta Dwyer. Sister Dwyer was a member of the first graduating class in 1958. Sister Joanne Forker CSJ, principal, presented diplomas to 53 graduates.

Pope John XXIII High School, Everett

The 39th commencement took place Thursday evening, May 22 in the school assembly hall. The salutatory address was given by Juliana Jeanne Reinold and the valedictory address by Caitlin Finn and Michael Caron. Kathleen F. Donovan, president, presented diplomas to 147 graduates.

Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen

Graduation took place on Friday, May 22 on the campus at the Dupre Center. Principal Rose Maria Redman presented diplomas to 57 graduates.

Sacred Heart High School, Kingston

On Saturday, May 24, 84 graduates received diplomas. The salutatory address was given by Theresa Sullivan and the valedictory by Veronica Falconieri. An invited speaker for the occasion was Richard Cronin, founder of the Hope Foundation.

St. Clement High School, Medford

Graduation took place Friday evening, May 23 at St. Clement Church. An invited speaker was Bishop Robert F. Hennessey. Delivering the salutatory address was Nadine Yarasites and Betty Gachette delivered the valedictory address. Diplomas were presented to 45 graduates.

St. John Preparatory School, Danvers

The 98th commencement took place on Sunday morning, May 18 on the grounds of the school. Members of the Class of 1958 attended. Father Gerald Dorgan was presented the distinguished alumni award. Delivering the salutatory address was Daniel S. Lee and the valedictory address, Richard J. Powers. Diplomas were presented to 304 graduates.

St. Mary High School, Lynn

Graduation took place Thursday evening, May 22 at St. Mary Church. The salutatory address was given by Melanie Carr and the valedictory address by Kayla Bishop. Alumna Sister Janet Eisner, president of Emmanuel College, addressed the class. Carl DiMaiti, principal, presented diplomas to 158 graduates.

St. Sebastian’s School, Needham

The 64th commencement took place Thursday morning, June 12 at St. Bartholomew Church. Patrick Kelly delivered the salutatory address and Matthew Butler, the valedictory address. An invited speaker was Sister Olga Yagob, who ministers at Boston University. Diplomas were presented to 61 graduates.

Trinity Catholic High School, Newton

Graduation took place Friday evening, June 6 at Our Lady, Help of Christians Church. Delivering the salutatory address was Christina Tully and the valedictory address, Cienna Wesley. Diplomas were presented to 56 graduates.

Ursuline Academy, Dedham

Graduation took place Sunday, June 1 on the grounds of the school. Delivering the salutatory address was Sheila Keefe and Meredith Dewey delivered the valedictory address. An invited speaker was alumna Patricia Foley Cummins. Diplomas were presented to 68 graduates.

Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood

Rain moved the ceremony indoors but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the occasion as graduation took place Friday evening, May 16. Justin Thomas delivered the salutatory address and Christopher Cutler delivered the valedictory address. Brother Daniel Skala, headmaster, presented diplomas to 230 graduates.

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