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Ursuline Academy celebrates its 75th commencement ceremony
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On Sunday, June 6, the seventy-five members of the Class of 2021 received their diplomas from Ursuline Academy, becoming its 75th graduating class since the school's founding in 1946. With a large number of the community vaccinated and Massachusetts COVID restrictions relaxing, Ursuline was able to hold an in-person graduation ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass, with both ceremonies held outdoors on campus. Just prior to the ceremony, the graduates assembled for a formal photo on the staircase leading up to the Ursuline Convent, framed by rhododendron shrubs in full bloom. 

Mary Beth Hunt McMahon '82,  President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts, returned to deliver the keynote address. Telling the graduates “I had a plan but Ursuline Academy changed that plan,” McMahon relayed how the spirit of Serviam acquired during her Ursuline years prompted her to leave her job in the financial industry for a vocation with Special Olympics.

The valedictory address was delivered by Nicole Olson and the two salutatory addresses were delivered by Brooke DeLucia and Greta Wyers.

All of the graduates are to be commended for successfully completing Ursuline Academy's challenging academic curriculum and for being accepted to some of the nation's finest colleges and universities. The full list of colleges is available here.

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the ceremony:

  • Isabella Pieretti, Serviam Award — The Serviam Award is a great honor in Ursuline schools worldwide and seeks to reward outstanding traits of leadership in service, awareness of others, acceptance of responsibility and academic achievement.
  • Katherine Woodworth, Sister Mercedes Videira Medal — Established in 2009, this special award is presented to a student who best embodies the qualities of an Ursuline woman as embodied by Sister Mercedes herself: integrity, humility, generosity, and concern for others, coupled with a deep love for the Academy.

Additional awards for academics and service were conferred at the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, June 5. The students receiving awards are:

  • English Prize — Mairead Stack
  • French Prize — Alessandra Masso
  • Latin Prize — Emily Schneider
  • Spanish Prize — Greta Wyers
  • Social Studies Prize — Brieanna Allen
  • Mathematics Prize — Brooke DeLucia
  • Theology Prize — Abigail McCadden
  • Science Award — Ria Thekkethala
  • Performing Arts Award — Bella Coe
  • Visual Arts Award — Sophie Hayes
  • Liberty Mutual Scholarship Foundation Award — Meghan Hobbs
  • Cheryl Jean Eakin Scholarship, given to a graduating senior who exhibits the qualities of leadership, a willingness to serve others, and a dedication to the "common good" — Greta Wyers
  • Campus Ministry Service Awards, in recognition of unique dedication to Ursuline Campus Ministry and its service programs — Ella Evans, Meghan Hobbs, Caroline Paster, Emily Storm, Ria Thekkethala, Raceja Velavan
  • Ursuline Education Network Spirit of St. Angela Award  Katherine Woodworth
  • Ursuline Education Network Scholar-Athlete Award — Nicole Olson
  • MIAA Girls and Women in Sports Day Student-Athlete Recognitions — Olivia Manning, Emily Schneider
  • MIAA Pillar Award for Community Service — Meghan Hobbs
  • MIAA Pillar Awards for Sportsmanship — Caroline Egan, Jayne McGuire

The Commencement livestream can be viewed on YouTube.