More than 2,000 to Graduate from 20 Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington

May 16, 2012

More than 2,000 seniors will graduate from the 20 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington at commencement ceremonies set for the end of May and the beginning of June.

Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington have seen an increase in enrollment over the last 10 years. During the 2011-2012 year, 10,069 students were enrolled in grades 9 – 12, an increase of 707 compared to the 2002-2003 school year. 36 percent of the students represent minority populations, and 31 percent are non-Catholic. The 20 high schools include five for young men, six for young women, and seven that are coeducational. In addition, the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute in Northeast Washington provides early intervention and education, training and employment, therapeutic and residential services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. There are 61 people in the program this year. St. Ann’s High School of St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville, is a program for pregnant and parenting young women. There are three students in the program this year.

The archdiocesan high school graduation activities are:
• Archbishop Carroll High School

Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 24, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, DC
John Garvey, JD, President of The Catholic University of America will be the commencement speaker.

The 112 members of the Class of 2012 received over 290 acceptances from 114 different colleges and universities. Four members of the class are pursuing other opportunities, including working and military enlistment, prior to attending college. So 96% of the class has declared their intention to attend college next year. The class has earned over $3.2 million in scholarships to date, with additional scholarships still being awarded. Students received athletic scholarships from such institutions as the University of Connecticut, Rutgers, Penn State, Seton Hill, and Towson. Students receiving academic scholarship offers in excess of $100,000 included those admitted to such institutions as Boston University, Syracuse, Howard, St. John’s, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and George Washington University. Several full International Baccalaureate students received scholarship offers from colleges with a professed preference for International Baccalaureate students, including Wake Forrest. The school has also seen an increase in the number of students choosing small liberal arts colleges, such as Bates in Maine, Loyola-Baltimore, Morehouse, St. Michael’s in Vermont, and Spelman. This is consistent with the vision of International Baccalaureate, which emphasizes the kind of well-roundedness and intellectual rigor often found at such schools. Many of the students will be the first in their families to attend college. Fifteen percent of the student body are emigrants to the United States.

• Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington will be the celebrant and homilist.

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 31, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Rev. John Foley, S.J., Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer, Cristo Rey Network, will be the commencement speaker.

In this, the second graduating class at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School there are 58 graduates. Everyone- all 58- have been accepted to college. The students have received $2.6 million in merit and need-based scholarships. The Valedictorian is Starmanda Duker and she is attending the University of Maryland College Park. The Salutatorian is Karen Salmeron and she is attending Villanova University on a full scholarship.

Below is the Baccalaureate Mass and commencement ceremony information for many of the independent high schools:

• The Academy of the Holy Cross has 138 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Sunday, June 3, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Church
9701 Summit Avenue
Kensington, MD
Rev. Paul Dressler, OFM will be the celebrant and Rev. Nick Vientarski will be concelebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 4, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Lolita Jardeleza, who has served on faculty since 1979, will be the commencement speaker. Ms. Jardeleza is currently the Campus Ministry Prayer Minister.

The 2012 Valedictorian is Harriet Kate O’Sullivan and the Salutatorian is Megan Sue Ostria.

• The Avalon School has ten graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00 p.m.
The Avalon School
200 West Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
Rev. Roberto Amoruso, FCB will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 25, 2012
Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD
Mr. Robert Kostecka, Esq. will be the commencement speaker.

Matthew R. Kostecka is the 2012 Valedictorian and J. William Stohlman is the Salutatorian. He is also the Puno Award Winner for Spirit of Generosity and Service. The Cardinal’s Award recipient is David C. Collins. Also of note, Matthew R. Kostecka has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

• Bishop McNamara High School has 193 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Mount Calvary Catholic Church
6704 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747
Rev. Scott Woods will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 26, 2012
10:00 am
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

The 2012 Valedictorian is Catherine Anderson and Benjamin Philip is Salutatorian. The Cardinal’s Award recipient is Margaret Magnaye.

• Brookewood School in Gaithersburg has six graduates and three international exchange students.

Baccalaureate Mass
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:30 p.m.
The Avalon School
200 West Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD

Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Brookewood School
10401 Armory Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Mrs. Martha-Ann Alito, wife of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito will be the commencement speaker. Saolmea Jankovic is the 2012 Valedictorian and Cynthia Nestor is the Salutatorian. The Cardinal’s Award recipient is Rachel Tanzi.

• Connelly School of the Holy Child has 50 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Thursday, May 31, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Mercy
9200 Kentsdale Drive
Potomac, MD
Msgr. Ray East will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Friday, June 1, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Mercy
9200 Kentsdale Drive
Potomac, MD
Judith Lancaster, SCHJ, of England and biographer of our network founder, Cornelia Connelly, will be the commencement speaker.

The Connelly School of the Holy Child will be graduating 50 students as they end the school’s 50th anniversary. Also of note, Julianne Pearson, a member of the graduating class, was honored for her hundreds of hours of community service as an “Extraordinary Teen” in the March/April issue of the Bethesda Magazine. Julianne also balances the Vocal Jazz Ensemble with her charitable endeavors, managed the varsity basketball team after her multiple concussions sidelined her in soccer. She has maintained a 4.2 GPA despite her health issues, and is a regular at Best Buddies gatherings and serves at Mass at St. Bartholomew’s parish in Bethesda. In October, she was named the Potomac Chamber of Commerce’s “Youth of the Year.”

• DeMatha Catholic High School has 196 graduates, as the school will posthumously award a degree to Rico Webb.

Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
4:00 p.m.
DeMatha Catholic High School, Convocation Center
4313 Madison Street
Hyattsville, MD
Rev. David Wells, DeMatha Class of 2001, will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Friday, June 1, 2012
Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Mr. Justin Fairfax, Esq., DeMatha Class of 1996, will be the commencement speaker.

The welcoming address at the commencement will be delivered by Peter T. Carrera. The farewell address will be delivered by Jude D. Russo.

• Elizabeth Seton High School has 179 Graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
9:30a.m.
5715 Emerson Street
Bladensburg, MD

Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

The 2012 Valedictorian is Evelyn Jackson and the Salutatorian is Sarah Hopkins. The Class of 2012 was awarded over $11.8 million in scholarships.

• Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in northwest Washington has 116 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Monday, June 4, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Catharine E. Nolan Performing Arts Center
1524 35th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Rev. Jim Greenfield, OSFS will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
11:00 a.m.
McNabb Field
1524 35th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Roger Mudd, author, journalist and television broadcaster, former co-anchor of weekday NBC Nightly News and History Channel anchor, former host of NBC’s Meet the Press will be the commencement speaker. His granddaughter, Maddie Mudd, is a member of the class of 2012.

• Gonzaga College High School has 235 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Saturday, June 2, 2012
5:30 p.m.
900 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC
Rev. Stephen W. Planning, S.J., President of Gonzaga College High School, will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 3, 2012
12:00 p.m.
St. Aloysius Church
900 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC
Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J. is the commencement speaker.

The Shan Guleria is the 2012 Valedictorian and Henry Meyerson is the Salutatorian.

• St. Anselm’s Abbey School has 30 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Sunday, May 27, 2012
11:00 a.m.
St. Anselm’s Abbey Chapel
4501 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB, President, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, will be the celebrant.

Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 2, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Devine Performing Arts Center
St. Anselm’s Abbey School
4501 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Thomas Lee (Class of 1987) of Leitner Family Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law will be the commencement speaker.

• St. John’s College High School has 254 graduates.

Commencement and Baccalaureate Liturgy
Friday, June 1, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Rev. Raymond C. O’Brien (Class of 1962) will be the celebrant.

Jessica Uy is 2012 Valedictorian and Ciara Egan is the Salutatorian.

• St. Mary’s Ryken High School has 153 graduates.

Baccalaureate Mass
Sunday, May 20, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Our Lady Star of the Sea
14400 Old Solomons Road
Solomons, MD
Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, will be the celebrant. Msgr. Michael Wilson, Msgr. Karl Chimiak, Rev. Larry Young and Deacon Robert Connelly will be concelebrants.

Alexander Wyvill is the graduate with the highest grade point average and will speak at the Mass.

Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City
E Fishers Road
Saint Mary’s City, MD

Graduating senior Chelsea Stanley will speak at the commencement ceremony.

Each year, 99% of graduates go on to college and this year’s graduating class earned nearly $13 million in scholarships.

• Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart has 82 graduates.

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, June 7, 2012
10:30 a.m.
Hamilton House
9101 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD
Catherine Ronan Karrels, Class of 1986 and Head of School and the Board of Trustees, will present the diplomas at the commencement.

Cokie Roberts, Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author, will be the commencement speaker. Cokie Roberts is a 1960 graduate of Stone Ridge and credits the school with empowering young women by giving them the skills and confidence needed to succeed, and “a sense of intellectual fun.” Her niece, Charlotte Davidsen, is in the graduating class.

The Archdiocese of Washington has 98 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools. The teaching staff is made up of over 3,000 and the total student enrollment is nearly 28,000. Schools in the archdiocese have been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon of Excellence 28 times. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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