On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the 275 members of the Class of 2019 graduated during Central Catholic’s 81st Commencement Exercises in the Memorial Gymnasium as their families and friends cheered them on. Heartlfelt keynote addresses were delivered by CCHS President Christopher Sullivan '81, as well as Valedictorian Natalia Clark and Salutatorian Maria Graziano. Click here to read more about Natalia and Maria! The Class of 1969 was also honored for their 50th reunion and were presented with Golden Anniversary diplomas and medallions.
Several members of the Class of 2019 were recognized for their academic accomplishments, athletic abilities, community service participation and the capacity to embrace the “least favored.” The class as a whole was commended for their support of each other throughout their time at CCHS.
81st Commencement At-a-Glance!
Number of Seniors, Class of 2019: 275
Number of Cities/Towns/Countries of Residence, Class of 2019: 40
- Amesbury, MA; Andover, MA; Atkinson, NH; Billerica, MA; Boxford, MA; Bradford, MA; Burlington, MA; Chelmsford, MA; Danville, NH; Derry, NH; Dracut, MA; East Hampstead, NH; Georgetown, MA; Haverhill, MA; Kingston, NH; Lawrence, MA; Lowell, MA; Merrimac, MA; Methuen, MA; Newbury, MA; Newburyport, MA; Newton, NH; North Andover, MA; North Chelmsford, MA; North Reading, MA; Peabody, MA; Pelham, NH; Plaistow, NH; Rowley, MA; Salem, NH; Salisbury, MA; Sandown, NH; Seabrook, NH; Tewksbury, MA; Tyngsborough, MA; West Newbury, MA; Wilmington, MA; Windham, NH. In addition, members of the Class of 2019 also come from China and South Korea.
Percent Furthering Their Education: 98%
- Four-Year College - 94%
- Two-Year College - 2.5%
- Junior Hockey - 1%
- Prep School - 1.5%
- Employment - less than 1%
The Class of 2019 has been offered admission to over 250 different colleges and universities across the United States including – but limited to - the following institutions:
- Babson University (MA); Boston College (MA); Boston University (MA); Bucknell University (PA); Carnegie Mellon University (PA); Coast Guard Academy (CT); College of the Holy Cross (MA); Cornell University (NY); Fordham University (NY); George Washington University (DC); Georgia Institute of Technology (GA); New York University (NY); Northeastern University (MA); Rice University (TX); Skidmore College (NY); Tufts University (MA); University of California-San Diego (CA); University of Notre Dame (IN); University of Toronto (Canada); Villanova University (PA); Wake Forest University (NC).
College Matriculations (Institutions students have chosen to attend)
The graduates will be studying at 125 different colleges and universities in 24 states and the District of Columbia:
- Alabama; Arizona; California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Vermont; Virginia; Wisconsin.
Scholarships & Aid Awarded to the Class of 2019
Approximately $8.5 million has been awarded for Freshman Year by the Class of 2019 in the form of college and university scholarships and grants, as well as national and local scholarships….a total of over $35.4 million in scholarships projected over their undergraduate years.
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Majors Awards and Presentations at Commencement
The Brother Florentius, FMS, Memorial Award (Highest Honor)
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.
- Recipient: Maria T. Graziano
The Michael Garvey Award
This award is presented to the Outstanding Male Student-Athlete in the graduating Class of 2019.
- Recipient: Anthony J. Caggianelli
The Mary I. Kilcoyne Award
This award is presented to the Outstanding Female Student-Athlete in the graduating Class of 2019
- Recipient: Kaylee Thomas
The Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS Christian Service Award
This award is presented to the graduate(s) who best embodies the Marist ideal of commitment to service and love for the least favored.
- Recipients: John Boyle and Victoria Kish
The Florentian Dedication
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 2019 yearbook will be dedicated to:
- Recipient: Ms. Stacy Ciccolo, Faculty Member in the Social Studies Department and Varsity Girls Softball Coach
- Jawad Karim, Frank McShan IV and Mincarys Trinidad Gomez
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2019 Academic Award Recipients
In recognition of superior scholastic achievements, the Academic Excellence Awards are presented to members of Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2019 who have attained the highest scholastic averages within the Central Catholic curriculum. The following members of the Class of 2019 have earned Academic Excellence Awards in each academic department for the school year 2018-2019:
General Excellence in the field of Social Studies:
- Recipients: Natalie Caffrey and Katherine Lacroix
- Next in Merit: Emily Dunbar and Emily Marquis
General Excellence in the field of English:
- Recipients: Emily Marquis and Maria Graziano
- Next in Merit: Natalia Clark
General Excellence in the field of Chinese Language:
- Recipients: Gabriel Bas and Euihyeok Oh
- Next in Merit: Anthony Papageorgiou
General Excellence in the field of Spanish Language:
- Recipient: Natalia Clark
- Next in Merit: John Boyle
General Excellence in the field of French Language:
- Recipient: Jill Amari
- Next in Merit: Emily Dunbar
General Excellence in the field of Business Studies:
- Recipient: Michael Coppeta
- Next in Merit: Zachary Crews and Natalia Clark
General Excellence in the field of Technology:
- Recipients: Zeyu Feng, Ruixiao Liu and Frank McShan IV
- Next in Merit: Yuzi Lyu and Mary Gerard
General Excellence in the field of Music:
- Recipient: Michael Coppeta
- Next in Merit: Aidan Gordon and Hayden Bronson
General Excellence in the field of Visual Arts:
- Recipients: Ryan Coughlin and Adrian Suciu
- Next in Merit: Emily Gaudette
General Excellence in the field of Science:
- Recipients: Aidan Gordon, Maria Graziano and Katherine Lacroix
- Next in Merit: Ruixiao Liu and Zachary Crews
General Excellence in the field of Mathematics:
- Recipients: Hayden Bronson, Natalia Clark, Michael Coppeta, Tyler Glynn, Katherine Lacroix, Ruixiao Liu and Adrian Suciu
- Next in Merit: Aidan Gordon and Nicholas Tenczar
General Excellence in the field of Religious Studies:
- Recipients: Amanda Hickey, Emily Gaudette , Jill Amari, Emily Dunbar and Fiona Watters
- Next in Merit: Ani Kaleshian, Nicholas Tenczar and Euihyeok Oh
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Congratulations to the Class of 2019, and the Class of 1969! You make the CCHS family very proud!