Class of 2022, we already miss you!
Thank you for the defining impact you have had on Central Catholic.
We are so proud of your love for one another, your passion for justice, and your commitment to making the school and the world a better place.
We can't wait to see what you accomplish next - and we can't wait to see you again - mark your calendars for your Six-Month Reunion and Yearbook Signing!
Congratulations to our graduates, and good luck as you begin the next phase of your journey!
Baccalaureate Service & 84th Commencement Exercises
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the 274 members of the beloved Class of 2022 received their hard-earned diplomas during the Baccalaureate Service and 84th Commencement Exercises of Central Catholic High School held on Raider Field.
Leading up to graduation, a fun and memorable Senior Week brought the Class of 2022 together to celebrate in a variety of ways.
From a Gala and Awards Ceremony, SeniorFest, Senior Prom, and much more - the Class of 2022 came together as friends and classmates to recognize their individual and collective accomplishments.
Commencement Photo Album: Gathering & Processional
The Baccalaureate Service
Mistress of Ceremonies: Jeanne R. Burns, Academic Dean
Processional: Pomp and Circumstance, Cross Bearer – Ryan Hebert ’22
America: Catherine Mangione ’22, Faith Omosefe ’22, and Isabella Perrotta ’22
Commencement Photo Album: Baccalaureate
Symbols – Class of 2022: Sebastian Benedetto ’22 and Kaiden Nobrega ’22
Opening Prayer: Mikayla Almeida ’22
First Reading - Colossians 3:12-17: Isabella Rondinelli ’22
Responsorial Psalm - Envía Tu Espíritu: Caroline Clark ’22
Gospel Acclamation - Alleluia, Alleluia: Caroline Clark ’22
Gospel - John 14:27-31a: Leah DeLeon ’22
Homily: Bro. Rene D. Roy, FMS ’59
Hymn - Ave Maria: Catherine Mangione ’22
Prayers of the Faithful: Faith Omosefe ’22
Hymn - Go Light Your World: Isabella Perrotta ’22
The 84th Commencement Exercises
Salutatory: Caroline Clark ’22
President's Remarks: Christopher F. Sullivan ’81
Dedication of The Florentian Yearbook
Adrianna Marinello ’22 and Sofia Schwarz ’22
The Michael Garvey Award & The Mary I Kilcoyne Award
Outstanding Student-Athlete Awards
Presented by Zachary Blaszak, Director of Athletics
The Brother Vicent Dinnean, FMS, Award
Exemplary service to the “least favored”
Presented by Earline Tweedie, Campus Minister
The Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award
The Outstanding Graduate Award - Class of 2022
Presented by Christopher F. Sullivan ’81, President & Doreen A. Keller ’71PMA, Principal
The Brother Florentius Society (Alumni Recipients)
Valedictory: Zachery Channen ’22
Awarding of Diplomas
Christopher F. Sullivan ’81, President, & Doreen A. Keller ’71PMA, Principal
Benediction: Bro. Rene D. Roy, FMS, '59
Alma Mater: Selana Raftery '22, Owen Cook '22, Kyle Mather '22, Keith Shaheen '22
Recessional: Let the River Flow
Commencement Photo Album: Commencement Exercises
The Commencement Exercises were opened by Central Catholic President Christopher F. Sullivan '81, where he first honored the parents and guardians of our graduates.
"We thank you for the privilege of working with these great young adults. Our admiration for the young women and men seated in front of this stage is a tribute to their parents and guardians and the many sacrifices they have made on their children’s behalf," said Mr. Sullivan.
Mr. Sullivan also reminisced with the soon-to-be graduates on their unique experience throughout the last few years.
"Your high school experience has been anything but traditional. It would be too easy today to talk about what was lost, what did NOT happen during the pandemic. But that has not been your approach. You have seized your senior year with an enthusiasm and energy that has inspired all of us," said Mr. Sullivan.
"You have spoken out for justice, you have responded with actions. While the rest of the world argues with anger, you have approached conflict with love. Your example for the younger students - for standing up for what is right - for taking care of each other... and for embracing all that is right with the human spirit are exactly what our school mission is about."
"For years to come, your class will be remembered as the leaders who showed us all how to love when it’s hard and support one another when you’re weary. Please always remember those Marist Values that you have learned and lived so well."
Valedictorian: Zachary Channen '22, Harvard University
Assistant Principal & Academic Dean Ms. Jeanne Burns introduced Harvard-bound Class of 2022 Valedictorian Zachary Channen '22, who referred to his fellow classmates as “extraordinary.”
"We undoubtedly had our ups and downs, but in the face of adversity, we as a class chose to shine in a multitude of ways. We, the Class of 2022, are a powerhouse of innovation and determination. We will push boundaries in big ways and in small ways to make this world a better place," said Zachary.
Zachary also reminded his fellow soon-to-be graduates of the three most important bones out of the 206 in the human body that will help them succeed in life - a backbone, a wishbone and a funny bone.
Salutatorian: Caroline Clark '22, Boston College
Salutatorian Caroline Clark '22, who will be attending Boston College this fall, encouraged her fellow graduates to create memorable 'collections.'
"So when you journey onward, start a new collection - whether that means picking up a rock on the sidewalk or smiling at the person next to you - and remember not to lose joy in long-standing traditions or collections. Take confidence in the fact that some of the same qualities that make you you may be the ones that make God God. Finally, let your friends know from time to time when they have made brushstrokes on your canvas. In a way, these strokes can be seen as fulfilled prayers," said Caroline.
Awards & Commissioning
While the event celebrated all our impressive graduates, Kaiden Nobrega '22, who will attend the US Military Academy at West Point (NY), was officially commissioned into the US Army during the ceremony by Col. Thomas Smith.
Additional major awards were bestowed upon select members of the Class of 2022 who were recognized for their academic status, athletic accomplishments, capacity to serve the "least favored," and commitment to the Central Catholic community.
Thank you to each and every graduate for helping to enrich the Central Catholic Community.
The Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award
Ryan Hebert '22, Springfield College
Named in memory of Central Catholic’s legendary and inspirational founder Brother Florentius, this award is the highest honor presented to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals of Central Catholic High School. The award has been presented annually since 1963.
Ryan Hebert '22, who is heading to Springfield College this fall, was presented with the Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award.
Ryan is now a member of an elite group, The Brother Florentius, FMS, Society, which is comprised of previous recipients of the Bro. Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award. Former award winners attended the Commencement Exercises and formed an honor guard to congratulate the newest recipient. See below for photos and more details.
The Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS, Christian Service Award
Faith Omosefe '22, Amherst College (MA)
This award is presented to the graduate who best embodies the Marist ideal of commitment to service and love for the least favored.
Amherst College-bound Faith Omosefe '22 was presented with The Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS, Christian Service Award.
The Mary I. Kilcoyne Outstanding Female Student-Athlete Award
Grace Lydon '22, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
This award is presented to the most successful female student-athlete in the graduating Class of 2022.
Grace Lydon '22, who is heading to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, was presented with The Mary I. Kilcoyne Outstanding Female Student-Athlete Award.
The Florentian Dedication
Mr. Mark Svendsen, Mathematics Teacher
Each year, the graduating class dedicates the yearbook, The Florentian, to someone who had a significant impact on their Central Catholic experience.
The Class of 2022 Florentian Dedication was presented to CCHS Math Teacher Mr. Mark Svendsen by Sofia Schwarz '22 and Adrianna Marinello '22.
The Golden Anniversary Recognition
Graduates from the Classes of 1972, 1971, and 1970 of Central Catholic, Saint Mary High, and Presentation of Mary Academy were recognized during the Commencement Exercises.
They celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their graduation with a variety of events, including
- The Welcome Home Cocktail Reception
- Reunion Breakfast, School Tour, & Golden Diploma Presentation
- Recognition at Commencement
- 50-Year Reunion Celebration
The Brother Florentius, FMS, Society
Thank you to the members of the Florentius Society who returned to celebrate Commencement and their newest member! Membership is comprised of recipients of the Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed on a CCHS graduate. Prior recipients of the award attend the Commencement Exercises, pin new members, and form an honor guard to congratulate the newest recipient.
Commencement Photo Album: The Florentius Society
The Class of 2022
Commencement Photo Album: Post-Commencement Celebrations
More details on the Class of 2022 events are available at Celebrating the Class of 2022.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!