On Sunday, June 5, family, friends, administration, faculty and staff, along with Mr. Richard Smith, Chairperson of the Notre Dame Board of Governors and Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, the Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Trenton, gathered at the CURE Arena for the 62nd Annual Commencement Ceremony for the Notre Dame Class of 2022. Their Baccalaureate Mass was held the night before in the Notre Dame Auditorium and celebrated by the Most Reverend David O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D.
This class was exceptional, to say the least. They were accepted to impressive colleges and universities and brought life back to our school as we struggled through 2 years of pandemic restrictions.
In addition, they completed 20,000 hours of community service over their 4 years at ND. The Class of 2022 was also instrumental in contributing to the over 21,000 hours of service completed by the entire school at the height of the pandemic while in a virtual environment. As a result of these efforts, the Notre Dame service program was awarded the prestigious, national Jefferson Award recognizing service to the community during the Pandemic.
Columbia University, Yale University, Fordham University, John Hopkins University, the United States Military Academy, West Point, Boston University and Cornell University are just a sampling of the colleges and universities to which our graduates were accepted. In addition, over 30 student-athletes will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Some of these talented athletes will be competing at the Division 1 level in their respective sports at the University of Tennessee, Bucknell University, Wagner College, Rutgers University, Towson University, Monmouth University, Hofstra University and more.
We are also proud to announce that the Class of 2022 was awarded an impressive total of $30,158,902.00 in scholarships.
In her parting speech to the Class of 2022, Principal Barlow said, “Class of 2022, how far you have come and how much has happened. I want to thank you for breathing life back into Notre Dame. This school year has been fantastic because you remembered how it used to be; you were all in. You drank up every opportunity, experience, and moment. You taught the underclassmen our traditions and showed them our Irish Spirit. You led by example with courage, passion, understanding and kindness. Class Of 2022, the halls of Notre Dame will not be the same without you.”
Congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2022, we know you will do big things!
Special congratulations to our Valedictorian, Hannah E. Smith and Salutatorian, Hope Olivia Aita and to the following students who received the special awards at Graduation:
Award for Excellence in Religion (Gold Medal, Gift of the Most Reverend George W. Ahr, S.T.D.) - Molly Helen MacIsaac
Principal’s Award - James Ross Burrows III
Irish Spirit Award - Halle Louise Besler and Colin James Treacy