Catholic Memorial School's celebrated its 51st Commencement Exercises on Thursday afternoon in West Roxbury’s Holy Name Church. One hundred and forty-four seniors and their families gathered for an emotional and touching ceremony.
Senior Pat Carney, the class salutatorian, summed it up best, saying “Today is our graduation day, and a celebration of all our accomplishments.”
CM principal Richard Chisholm welcomed the parents, families and guests to the ceremony and thanks Msgr. George Carlson for his continued hospitality in hosting the commencement at Holy Name Church.
Several seniors then received special academic awards and honors, and Mr. Chisholm announced that the Class of 2011 earned over $14 million in scholarships, and acceptance at the country's best universities, including BC, the University of Michigan, College of William and Mary, Berklee School of Music, the University of Illinois, and George Washington University.
"With the addition of this graduating class," Principal Richard Chisholm said, "CM has now sent 9,958 graduates into the world, proud of where they have come from and the family they will always belong to."
President Paul Sheff cited advice from the Class of '61, who will be celebrating their 50th reunion in two weeks, the first 50th reunion in school history. He closed with an encouraging invitation to the school's newest graduates.
"I leave you this afternoon not by saying goodbye, for there should never be goodbyes in the Catholic Memorial family," said Sheff. "Instead, I bid you farewell. Stay in touch, and continue to distinguish yourselves. You are, now and forever, CM."
This was a press release from CM.