Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia who oversees Catholic Education in the Archdiocese, was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word of May 17, preceding the 39th annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The event honored graduating seniors, including six from Carroll, from 33 Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools for their academic excellence.

Pictured from left to right: Carroll Principal Anchen Schulz, Ph.D., Christopher Anderson, Suzanne Carpenter, Juliana Wallgren, Clare Stoyell-Mulholland, Angela Alquiros, Kristin Long, Carroll President Francis E. Fox ’77;  Carroll Campus Minister Father Michael Speziale, and Daniel Fohner ’19, who served as flag bearer.

The students, who are ranked in the top 3 percent of their senior class, were honored for their academic success and dedication to their studies.  This year, 157 students are included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

Sister Maureen McDermott, IHM, Ph.D., Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese said, “As they prepare to close a pivotal chapter in their lives, the Class of 2018’s distinguished scholars and their families have much to celebrate.  The Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation provides an opportunity to publicly commend and honor these exceptional students and the loved ones who support them for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence.

As graduating seniors throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia prepare for their Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Exercises we offer them prayerful best wishes for a successful and happy future.”