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Commencement Ceremony Held May 17
May 20th, 2014
Congratulations to the St. Pius X Catholic High School Class of 2014 who walked across the stage at Symphony Hall over the weekend to receive their diplomas and become the newest alumni of the school. The 283 students became the 56th graduating class of St. Pius X.
Principal Steve Spellman addressed the largest class to ever graduate St. Pius X, reminding them of their first day four years earlier. On that day, he described the successes of the Class of 2010 and challenged the Class of 2014 to leave behind a rich class legacy over their four years; a challenge that this class took to heart. Students from this graduating class tied for the highest ACT scores in the history of the school and completed a record 1,455 college applications. Members of the class were accepted at a record 239 colleges and universities and earned nearly 18.3 million dollars in scholarship money (a number which does not include the HOPE Scholarship or athletic money), a six million dollar increase over last year’s talented class.
The graduates listened intently to valedictorian Margaret Crawford and salutatorian Grace Obiofuma as they addressed the group, reminiscing about their time as students and looking forward to their futures. In her speech, Obiofuma described the way her class joined together and supported each other in all of their endeavors, whether athletic, artistic, or just plain fun. “When the brick fades and the mortar erodes, our legacy will remain because we choose to challenge ourselves. We found ways to form a community that embraces all, celebrates all, and loves all.”
Prior to the awarding of diplomas, Tom and May May Bickes ’74 & ’75 were recognized as recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. In his speech, Mr. Bickes reminded the graduates to keep in mind the many lessons they learned at St. Pius X, most important being: sacrifice, friendships, mentors, morals, and community. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory distributed diplomas to the graduates and proudly presented his annual Archbishop’s Award to Carolyn Bresnahan and Fred Dorsey.
With a mixture of sadness and excitement, we bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2014 as they move forward in their lives. We know that they will continue to leave marks on society and the world, just as they have left us with an enduring legacy of excellence. We pray that God will always guide their ways, we wish each of them a lifetime of happiness and success, and we welcome them as the newest group of St. Pius X alumni!