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Commencement 2023 is Coming!

Commencement 2023 is Coming!

The Central Catholic Family is preparing to celebrate the Class of 2023 in a multitude of ways in the upcoming week! The Senior Awards Gala is being held on Sunday, May 21; the Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 23; SeniorFest 2023 on Wednesday, May 24; and the 85th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 25.

More details on Commencement and upcoming events are available at Celebrating the Class of 2023.

The Class of 2023 Page

Senior holding lawn signs

Celebrating the Class of 2023

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2023 at a variety of upcoming events, including:

  • The Class of 2023 Senior Awards Gala on Sunday, May 21
  • The Baccalaureate Mass on Tuesday, May 23
    • Preceded by the Legacy Barbecue for graduates who are the children or grandchildren of alumni
  • The Class of 2023 SeniorFest on Wednesday, May 24
  • The 85th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 25.

Baccalaureate & Commencement Tickets

Families should check the Class of 2023 page for more details and instructions on how to claim their allotted tickets.

Students celebrating, taking a selfie

A look back at last year's events...

Video: Class of 2022 Gala & Awards Ceremony Highlights


Video: Class of 2022 Commencement Highlights


Video: The Class of 2022 Sings the Alma Mater


The 85th Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2023

View of graduates in caps and gowns.

5:00 PM, Thursday, May 25, 2023

The Memorial Gymnasium of Central Catholic High School

  • President's Address: Christopher Sullivan '81, President of Central Catholic High School

  • Valedictory Addresses:

    • Allyson Lightburn '23, Co-Valedictorian

    • Ranjana Ramesh '23, Co-Valedictorian

  • Salutatory Address:

    • Sydney Demers '23, Salutatorian

Left to right: Sydney Demers '23, Ranjana Ramesh '23, Allyson Lightburn '23.

Click hear to read more about our Valedictorians and Salutatorian.

Major Awards and Presentations at Commencement

  • The Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award

    • The highest award presented to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals of Central Catholic High School. Named in memory of Central Catholic’s legendary and inspirational founder. The award has been presented annually since 1963.

  • The Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS, Christian Service Award

    • Presented to the graduate who best embodies the Marist ideal of commitment to service and love for the least favored.
  • The Michael Garvey Memorial Award

    • Presented to the Outstanding Male Student-Athlete

  • The Mary I. Kilcoyne Memorial Award

    • Presented to the Outstanding Female Student-Athlete

  • The Florentian Dedication

    • Each year, the graduating class dedicates their yearbook, The Florentian, to someone who had a defining impact on their Central Catholic experience.

  • The Class of 2023 Student Council Officers

    • President: Ranjana Ramesh '23
    • Vice-President: Francisco Melendez '23
    • Secretary: Nick Spero '23
    • Treasurer: James Bohenko '23

Photo above: the Golden Anniversary Class of 1968 is recognized at Commencement 2018.

The Golden Anniversary Class of 1973

Join us as we recognize the Golden Anniversary Class of 1973 from Central Catholic HS, St, Mary HS, and Presentation of Mary Academy as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their graduation from Central Catholic!

  • The Welcome Home Cocktail Reception
  • Reunion Breakfast, School Tour, & Golden Diploma Presentation
  • Recognition at Commencement
  • Class Mass in Honor of Deceased Classmates
  • 50-Year Reunion Celebration

More details are available at the Golden Anniversary page.

Group photo of Florentius Award Recipients

The Brother Florentius, FMS, Society

Membership is comprised of previous recipients of the Bro. Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed on a CCHS graduate.  Former recipients of the award attend the Commencement Exercises and form an honor guard to congratulate the newest recipient.

Graduates in Courtyard

Becoming Raider Alumni

On Wednesday, April 26, seniors gathered in their college sweatshirts with one month to Commencement to be welcomed as future Raider Alumni into the CCHS Alumni Association by Mr. David Erwin (Chief Advancement Officer), and Mrs. Theresa M. (Black '00) Taft (Alumni Engagement Associate) and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Each graduate received a Raiders for Life t-shirt and a graduate lawn sign.

Photo Album: Graduate Lawn Signs & #Raiders4Life T-Shirts


Photo Album: Becoming Raider Alumni Assembly


Video: College Decision Day TikTok by Brooke Mahoney '23

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.