Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Catholic High Schools Hold Commencements Beginning May 14

Published May 12, 2011

Our Lady of Mercy High School

The 56 graduating seniors at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville, will attend a baccalaureate Mass and receive their diplomas on Saturday, May 14, at ceremonies attended by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. The Mass celebrated by the archbishop, followed by the graduation, begins at 2 p.m. on the campus of the archdiocesan high school at 861 Evander Holyfield Highway.

The class valedictorian is Nicole C. Gagnier, the daughter of Julie and Jay Gagnier, who are members of St. Jude the Apostle Church, Sandy Springs. The salutatorian is Andrea L. Raville, the daughter of Petra and William Raville, who are members of St. Gabriel Church, Fayetteville.

Monsignor Donovan High School

Seniors at Monsignor Donovan High School, Athens, also graduate on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on the campus, located at 590 Lavender Road, led by board president Paul Cramer and school counselor Pats Laniak. The baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Father David McGuiness, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Athens, on Friday, May 13, at the independent Catholic school.

Some 21 seniors are members of the class of 2011. Shelby F. Jarrett, the daughter of Carla and Tim Jarrett, is the class valedictorian, and the salutatorian is Edward P. Scherer, the son of Kerry and Ann Scherer, who are members of St. Joseph Church, Athens.

St. Pius X High School

Two hundred and forty-two seniors graduate from St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony takes place at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, on Peachtree Street, at 9:30 a.m. with Archbishop Gregory attending.

Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama will celebrate the baccalaureate Mass for graduates of the archdiocesan high school on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek.

The class valedictorian is Lee Kaufman, the son of Page and Jeanne Kaufman, members of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta. The salutatorian is John D. Reddaway, the son of David and Carol Reddaway, who attend St. Monica Church, Duluth.

Marist School

Marist School, Atlanta, graduates 182 students at its on-campus commencement on Saturday, May 21. Marist priests, Father Joel Konzen, school principal, and Father John Harhager, school president, will lead the 2 p.m. ceremony at the Centennial Center, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. The baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Father Harhager on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. at the Marist-sponsored independent Catholic school. Father Konzen will be the homilist.

The valedictorian of the class of 2011 is Meghan Connolly, the daughter of Mary and Tim Connolly, who attend Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta. The salutatorian is Sophie Harkins, the daughter of the late Neil Harkins and Susan Spann, of All Saints Church, Dunwoody.

Pinecrest Academy

Forty-three seniors in the class of 2011 graduate from Pinecrest Academy, Cumming.

The ceremony on Saturday, May 21, begins with a baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Legionary of Christ Father Dominic Pham in the campus gym at 10 a.m., with the commencement immediately afterwards. Dr. John Tarpley, school principal, will present the diplomas. The school, which is an independent Catholic school affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, is located at 955 Peachtree Parkway.

The valedictorian of the Girls School is Margaret Cassandra, the daughter of Cindy and Mark Cassandra, who attend St. Andrew Church, Roswell. The valedictorian of the Boys School is Matthew Farkas, the son of Cheryl and Stephen Farkas, who attend the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cumming.

The salutatorian of the Girls School is Mary Katherine Strom, daughter of Karen and Rick Strom, who worship at St. Monica Church, Duluth. And the salutatorian of the Boys School is Hoon Kim, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hyun Kim of Daejeon, Korea.

Blessed Trinity High School

The commencement at Blessed Trinity High School is on Saturday, May 21.

There are 215 graduating seniors in the class of 2011 at the archdiocesan high school. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on campus, located at 11320 Woodstock Road in Roswell. Archbishop Gregory will participate in the commencement ceremony.

Bishop Zarama will be the principal celebrant of the baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter Chanel Church, adjacent to the campus in Roswell. Father Ricardo Bailey, campus chaplain, will be the homilist, and Deacon Ron Manning and Deacon Keith Kolodziej, fathers of 2011 graduates, will assist at the Mass.

The class valedictorian is Emily N. Hogan, the daughter of Alan and Theresa Hogan, who worship at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Woodstock. The salutatorian is Ellen K. Lesser, the daughter of Craig and Nancy Lesser, who attend Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta graduates 39 students on Tuesday, May 24.

The ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. with a baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory. Among the concelebrants are Archbishop-emeritus John F. Donoghue and Msgr. Edward J. Dillon, pastor of Holy Spirit Church.

The commencement ceremony takes place at 12:30 p.m. in Holy Spirit Church, 4449 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Gareth Genner, president of the independent Catholic school, will confer the diplomas. Patrick J. Reilly, the founder of the Cardinal Newman Society, will speak at commencement.

By tradition, the names of the Holy Spirit valedictorian and salutatorian are released during a senior class trip to Rome, Italy.