88th Commencement Exercises at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston

Enthusiastic crowds gathered at the newly-restored Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End to cheer on the Cathedral High School class of 2019. As the organ played the familiar notes of Pomp and Circumstance, the 69 seniors gladly processed in to accept their diplomas at the 88th Commencement Exercises, earning their place as the 16th consecutive class to achieve 100% college acceptance.

Salutatorian Armani Lamin '19 speaks at Commencement

Salutatorian Armani Lamin ’19 addresses his classmates

Salutatorian Armani Lamin ’19, who will attend Georgetown University in the fall, told his classmates “we will continue to set the standard and the model for future generations.” Speaking of the many partnerships and opportunities at Cathedral High School, Armani reminded his classmates of the expectation to pay it forward as they graduate. “Experiences with Fidelity, WilmerHale, Tufts, and other organizations made us ambassadors of the Cathedral brand to create opportunities for ourselves and others,” he said.

Valedictorian Samuel Cintra '19 speaks at Commencement

Valedictorian Samuel Cintra ’19 at Commencement

Valedictorian Samuel Cintra ’19, who will be studying at Denison University, looked to the bright future of his class. “Honestly, as sad as I am that we are all going separate ways, it also brings me joy,” he told them. “I know that each and every single individual here has the ability to make a…positive impact anywhere we go; to give happiness and hope to every one we encounter; and to achieve greatness.”

Joining the graduates were those who have gone before them. In a Cathedral High tradition, the school welcomed and honored dozens of alumni from classes celebrating milestone anniversaries of their own graduation—this year, Golden Diplomas were presented to alumni of the classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969. In a moving gesture, the Class of 2019 stood and turned to give a round of applause to these Golden Diploma recipients.

Director of Guidance Nancy Lane '69 accepts her Golden Diploma from Head of School Dr. Oscar Santos

Director of Guidance Nancy Lane ’69 accepts her Golden Diploma from Head of School Dr. Oscar Santos

Among the Golden Diploma recipients were two trustees, C. Michael Daley ’54 and John Remondi ’54, President of the CHS Alumni Association and his wife, Roger and Ann Scott of the class of 1964, and beloved CHS Director of Guidance Nancy Lane ’69. Having worked closely with every single one of the graduating seniors to get them into the best colleges of their choice, Ms. Lane received a particularly enthusiastic applause from the students as she accepted her Golden Diploma.

In addition to the valedictorian and salutatorian recognition, the school also presents awards recognizing graduates who made special contributions to student life.

The “Vigor in Arduis” award, named for Cathedral High School’s motto (and also the episcopal motto of its founder, Cardinal William O’Connell) which means “strength in the face of adversity” in Latin, is Cathedral High School’s highest honor to a senior. Class valedictorian Samuel Cintra also received this top award for distinguishing himself, not just in academics, but in all aspects of student life and by embodying gospel values.

Graduates receive their diplomas at the 88th Commencement Exercises

Graduates receive their diplomas at the 88th Commencement Exercises

Awards to other distinguished seniors included: the Spirit Award for enthusiasm and humanitarian action to Makayla Thomas ’19; the Covenant Award for valuing diversity and promoting harmony in the Cathedral community to Neyssa Franklin ’19; and the Service Award for routinely volunteering time and talent in the service of others to Christina Jean-Charles ’19.

Rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and school trustee, Monsignor Kevin O’Leary, offered a closing benediction and with an organ fanfare the newest CHS alumni processed out of the Cathedral and into the streets to cheers and applause.

The Cathedral High School Class of 2019:

  • Jacob Osias Accime*
    Jiah Neshanté Ancrum*
    Selena Destine Andre
    Marie Bangura*
    Keanu Barbosa
    Jayden Omar Bartholomew-Miller
    Jacqueline Margaret Nora Beggan
    Anthony Berry
    Amani Monét Boston
    Julian J. Uga*
    Rianna Alyssa Cadogan
    Cheyenne Shaquanyah Carty-Lawrence
    Lianis Marie Cedeño*
    Mark Xavier Chester
    Samuel Cintra*
    Katia Antonia Coll-Santana*
    Kayla Angela Coll-Santana*
    Nia Imani Nicole Daley*
    Skyler Renee Dejesus*
    Gavimaciel Diaz-Infante*
    Jordan Isaiah Dickerson
    Mamadou Macka Dieng
    Rhiannon Elizabeth Downie*
    Melissa Rebecca Dumoulin
    Jacques Damani Duverna
    Kaiya Nalani Duverna*
    Brandan Evangelista
    Melissa Johanne Florestal*
    Mernell Wilder Francois
    Neyssa Danielle Franklin*
    Medgie Geneus
    Charmaine Angelina Harper
    Jasmine Elizabeth Howard*
    Tamisha Husbands*
    Steven Huynh
    Christina Yvonne Jean-Charles*
    McPhenley Jean-Mary
    Ashlie Anthonette Jeffers-Stevens
    Dejah Monee Jenkins
    Nkaya Nichols John*
    Ashley Jolly
    Lude Christie Joseph
    Swahibu Kaba
    Nathan Phillip Kierans
    Armani Yasin Lamin*
    Trinity Eileen Levine
    Lela Mahone-Knight
    Jalen Marcelo
    Stanley Dilone Mejia Checo
    Regina Angela Mendez
    Osmara C. Monteiro
    Caley Moon
    Tito Desa Okundaye
    Tutu Nosa Okundaye
    Ryan A. Oller
    Osakpolor Clinton Osula*
    Giselina Peña Vasquez*
    Lisalina Peña Vásquez*
    Shanayree Y. Peña Nova
    Amairis T. Perez Mejia*
    Stanley J. Pierre-louis
    Jayden Raheem Reid
    Ashlei Tiarah Saunders-Lundy*
    Makayla Simone Thomas*
    Jeffrey Toussaint
    Rian Toussaint*
    Xander Visker
    Noah Martin White
    Brianna Marie Williams

* Denotes members of the National Honor Society