On Sunday, June 5, the seventy-eight members of the Class of 2022 received their diplomas from Ursuline Academy, becoming its 76th graduating class since the school's founding in 1946. Following a decades-old tradition, the graduates assembled just prior to the ceremony for a formal photo on the staircase leading up to the Ursuline Convent, framed by rhododendron shrubs in full bloom.
Maggie Freeman Burns ‘76, Vice President of Philanthropy and External Affairs at St. Francis House in Boston, returned to deliver the keynote address, telling the graduates, "You're likely to find joy and your purpose when you combine what you've learned with asking yourself daily, did I treat others with kindness, compassion, and inclusivity today? Did I serve others today?" The valedictory address was delivered by Calista Adler of Wellesley, and the salutatory address was delivered by Rebecca Keough of Dedham.
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 graduates will be attending institutions of higher education ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities. The full list of colleges is available here.
Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the ceremony:
- Maureen Fox, 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.
- Isabella Matthews, Sister Mercedes Videira Medal — Established in 2009, this special award is presented to a student who best reflects 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 4. The students receiving awards are:
- English Prize — Maureen Fox
- French Prize — Lowanda Casimir
- Latin Prize — Julianne Panaro
- Spanish Prize — Sara Wheeler
- Social Studies Prize — Rebecca Keough
- Mathematics Prize — Brie Wesner
- Theology Prize — Tegan Greene
- Science Award — Calista Adler
- Performing Arts Award — Katherine Ziska
- Visual Arts Award — EJ Alvarez
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Students - Maddy Smith and Anna Lessard
- 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" — Brie Wesner
- Campus Ministry Service Awards, in recognition of unique dedication to Ursuline Campus Ministry and its service programs — Marissa Petrucci, Isabella Matthews, Madison Keka, Wiktoria Kasperkiewicz and Jessica Eskarous
- Ursuline Education Network Spirit of St. Angela Athletic Award — Meghan Foley
- Ursuline Education Network Senior Scholar-Athlete Award — Katherine Delaney
- Ursuline Education Network Service Award - Isabella Matthews
This year, Ursuline instituted the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award, which goes to two seniors who demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of diversity and excel in concern for Christian social justice. This year’s award went to Lowanda Casimir and Leila Charles.
The Mission and Ministry Spirit of Saint Angela Award, an honor bestowed upon an Ursuline staff member whose life and work demonstrate strong integration of the Ursuline mission with the courage, kindness, and humility of Saint Angela, was presented to Ursuline nurse Heather Schmidt Smart '95.
The Commencement livestream can be viewed here.