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The Golden Anniversary Class of 1973 Comes Home

The Golden Anniversary Class of 1973 Comes Home

As the CCHS community celebrated Central Catholic's 85th Commencement Exercises, the Class of 1973 celebrated their 50-Year Golden Anniversary Reunion from Wednesday, May 24 through Friday, May 26, 2023.

Over 60 alums from Central Catholic High School, Saint Mary High School, and Presentation of Mary Academy attended events throughout the three days. Members of the Class of 1953 also enjoyed their 70th reunion!

Welcome Home Reception

Wednesday, May 24 - Haverhill Country Club

The celebration kicked off with a Welcome Home Reception at Haverhill Country Club on Wednesday!

Golden Diploma Breakfast & Campus Tours

Thursday, May 25 - Catalano Library, the Central Catholic Campus

The festivities continued into Thursday as members of the Class of 1973 and the Class of1953 enjoyed tours of the CCHS campus led by members of our Student Alumni Association (SAA).

After touring campus, the Class of 1973 (and members of the Class of 1953) attended a Golden Diploma Breakfast in the Catalano Library, where they reminisced with classmates and were honored with their Golden Diplomas and distinguished medals.

CCHS President Christopher Sullivan '81; David Erwin, Chief Advancement Officer; and David DeFillippo '66, Advancement Associate; all made meaningful comments to commemorate the occasion.

"The men and women of the Class of 1973 are mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, husbands, wives, medical and health professionals, volunteers, retirees, lawyers, business men and women, first responders, scientists, military veterans, educators…careers and family lives too numerous to mention," said David DeFillippo '66 - who taught many of them sophomore English.

Recognition at the 85th Commencement Exercises

Thursday, May 25 - Memorial Gymnasium

On Thursday evening (May 25), several 1973 classmates served as Grand Marshalls for the 85th Commencement Exercises, where they proudly stood at the stage in the Memorial Gymnasium while graduation attendees applauded their accomplishments.

Reunion Celebration

Friday, May 26- Carney Family Chapel & Salvatore's Riverwalk

The Golden Anniversary reunion wrapped up with a Reunion Mass in memory of deceased classmates on Friday evening followed by a Reunion Celebration at Salvatore's Riverwalk in Lawrence, MA.

"I enjoyed seeing the smiles, hearing the laughs and the wonderful stories shared from all in attendance," said David Erwin, Chief Advancement Officer. "There was plenty to celebrate and we’re thankful to all who were able to attend."

We're looking forward to seeing them at the Golden Raider Brunch during Homecoming and at their 55-Year Reunion in 2028!

Golden Anniversary Class Photos

The Central Catholic High School Class of 1973

The St. Mary High School Class of 1973

The Presentation of Mary Academy Class of 1973

The Central Catholic High School Class of 1953

Class of 1953 with certificates
Three members of class of 1953 sitting in Webster Family Lobby

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.