The seventy-eight members of the Ursuline Academy Class of 2018, joined by their families, friends, and Ursuline faculty and staff, gathered on the grounds of the campus for the Academy's commencement exercises on June 3. In keeping with school tradition, the graduates processed down the staircase in front of the Ursuline Convent prior to the ceremony wearing white gowns and carrying a bouquet of roses.
We extend our thanks to alumna Dr. Rachel L. McCormack '70, Ed.D., for returning to deliver the keynote address. Dr. McCormack is Professor of Literacy Education in the School of Education at Roger Williams University. Her current research involves the preservation of heritage languages, especially the Arabic language and literacy needs of Syrian refugees in Europe and the U.S. In September 2016, she was given the International Alumni Award at Boston University for her humanitarian work through her Books for Refugees project.
Co-valedictory addresses were delivered by Catherine Treseler of West Roxbury and Emily Lewis of Walpole; the salutatory address was delivered by Emma Hastry of Norfolk. A video of the ceremony is available on Ursuline's YouTube channel.
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:
- Avery Ambrefe, 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.
- Olivia Hanna, 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 2. The students receiving awards are:
- English Prize - Samantha Lord
- French Prize - Grace Roberto
- Latin Prize - Emily Lewis
- Spanish Prize - Avery Ambrefe
- History Prize - Kiara Cronin
- Mathematics Prize - Jessica Dow
- Theology Prize - Jessica Dow
- Science Award - Emma Hastry
- Performing Arts Award - Michaela Sorrento
- Visual Arts Award - Kathleen Fox
- National Latin Exam - Certificate of Honorable Merit Cum Laude - Kiara Cronin, Isabella Orup and Abigail Wukitch
- National Latin Exam - Certificate of Honorable Merit Magna Cum Laude - Kathleen Fox and Joan Kaster
- National Latin Exam - Certificate of Honorable Merit Maxima Cum Laude - Grace Higgins, Emily Lewis and Mackenzie Moore
- The National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students - Kiara Cronin, Grace Higgins, Kate Lauro, Samantha Lord, Grace Roberto, Catherine Treseler.
- National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award - Catherine Treseler
- 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" - Sara Hernando
- Pearce Book Award, given to a senior who has a passion for excellence in academics and who has demonstrated a willingness to serve others and a dedication to the common good of the Academy - Michaela Pantazelos
- Campus Ministry Service Awards, in recognition of unique dedication to Ursuline Campus Ministry and its service programs - Avery Ambrefe, Kiara Cronin, Jessica Dow, Katherine Fazekas, Katheen Fox, Olivia Hanna, Margaret Heffernan, Isabella Orup and Grace Roberto
- Ursuline Education Network Sportsmanship Award - Caitlin Lewis and Jessica Dow
- United States Naval Academy Appointment - An official offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2022 was presented to Catherine Treseler.