On June 11, 2017, School of the Holy Child held its 107th Commencement Exercises.

The Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York, was invited to share words of inspiration with the 46 graduates. “Each of you should take enormous pride in your graduation, and in all the hard work — and the perseverance — that has brought you to this special day. And I know you realize — for certain — that there is a great future and boundless opportunities ahead for every single one of you,” said Judge DiFiore.

In her first Commencement as Head of School, Melissa Dan remarked, “Graduation is not the end of your years as a Holy Child girl. This is a permanent designation! Throughout the year, I have met alumnae from the past five decades, and I can attest that you never stop being a Holy Child girl. Your stage just gets bigger. Your voice just gets stronger.”

The opening prayer was delivered by Kathryn Ann McSherry, President of Campus Ministry. Seniors Megan Carragher, Mary Katherine Cunningham, Tara Irwin, Katherine McCarthy, Catherine McSorley, and Emma Michelini sang the National Anthem. Grace Doern, President of Student Government, and Samantha Boyd Drew, President of the Senior Class, both addressed the graduating class.

In addition to conferring 46 diplomas, the following awards were presented at the ceremony:

Holy Child Award for Academic Achievement, based on the highest average for four years: Christine Altomare 

Cornelia Connelly Award for outstanding service and leadership in school and community: Grace Doern

Sister Mary Basil Award, given by the graduating class to one among them who has consistently shown Christ-like compassion, generosity, and concern for others: Amalia Guillod

Dede Ross Award, granted to the senior who has enriched the life of all at Holy Child through her honesty, humility, quiet perseverance, and sense of humor: Grace Ryan

<<The Class of 2017>>

Christine Theresa Altomare
Fiona Skye Aronson
Erin Elizabeth Ballengee
Olivia Faith Bonner
Charlotte Claire Brosnan
Mariah Margaret Brown
Caroline Rae Bryceland
Megan Elizabeth Carragher
Maria Claire Carroll
Cheryl Chen
Amanda Kathleen Cummins
Mary Katherine Cunningham
Gianna Amalia DeVita
Grace Doern
Samantha Boyd Drew
Amanda Elimian
Maya Graciela Flemister
Kathryn Grace Friedel
Julia Rose Gaffney
Agustina Garate-Griot
Izania Marie Gonzalez
Amalia Michelle Guillod
Tara Elizabeth Irwin
Eliza Frances LaRock
Zivonee Laviscount
Madison Joan Lyons
Alena Victoria Maiolo
Cira Belle Mancuso
Reilly Michelle Marzen
Katherine Drumm McCarthy
Kathryn Ann McSherry
Catherine Anna McSorley
Emma Grace Michelini
Claire Sonia Monahan
Emily Nicole Mueller
Ruthie O’Driscoll
Caroline Pace
Victoria Hope Pagan
Lila Barbara Pfohl
Isabelle Reed Robinson
Grace Cecelia Ryan
Bridget Teresa Stanton
Noelle Hope Summo
Charlotte Ray Wertimer
Katherine Elizabeth Zampolin
Catriona Marie Zaniewski


<<College Choices>>


American University (2)
Binghamton University
Boston College (2)
Colgate University
College of Holy Cross (2)
Cornell University
Duke University
Elon University
Fairfield University (2)
Georgetown University (3)
Harvard University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (3)
Ithaca College (2)
Loyola Marymount University
Lynn University

McGill University

Pace University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The New School
Tulane University (2)
University of Miami (2)
University of Michigan (2)
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Villanova University (3)
Wake Forest University (2)

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