On Tuesday, June 11, 30 young men graduated from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. The 17th Commencement Exercises were preceded by a Baccalaureate Liturgy with Monsignor Thomas J. Mullelly presiding over the celebratory mass. After mass, the attendees gathered in the majestic gardens and Alumni Courtyard of Kalkus House (Manor House) on campus. With blue skies, bucolic greenery and the vintage Princetonian stone facade of Kalkus House as a backdrop, the stage was perfectly set for the graduates. Faculty and staff led the procession followed by the Class of 2019, Headmaster Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III, Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora and Chair of the Board of Trustees Kenneth Harlan.
Headmaster Rik Dugan welcomed guests and addressed the graduating class with a prayer and commented, "When you have faith in yourself and complete trust in something bigger and greater than you, anything is possible." In conclusion, he added, "Princeton Academy will always be home to you. We will be there for you. You have left this place better than you have found it. Like the stones that are around us, each one of you has contributed to the foundation of this school. Your leadership has forged a legacy."
Graduating eighth-grader Daniel Harlan was chosen to give the speech on behalf of the Class of 2019, "Looking back on the journey, it is clear how amazing our experience has been. No matter what year someone joined our class, we are all students of the Sacred Heart and guided by the five goals. These goals inspire us to be better people and students." Harlan continued, "On behalf of our class, we would like to thank our parents who gave us this opportunity and have always been there to support us throughout school. You've taught us that it's okay to make mistakes and ask for help. For these unforgettable memories and important life lessons, the Class of 2019 thanks you all. Go Hawks!"
The recipients of Sacred Heart Honors were then announced:
- In the spirit of Goal I, a personal and active faith in God, this honor was presented to Bennett Cerullo.
- In the spirit of Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values, this honor was presented to Oliver Silverio.
- In the spirit of Goal III, a social awareness that impels to action, this honor was presented to Kyle Freundlich.
- In the spirit of Goal IV, the building of community as a Christian value, this honor was presented to Alexander Vincent.
- In the spirit of Goal V, personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom, this honor was presented to John-Michael Ajemian.
Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora conferred the diplomas to each member of the graduating class and remarked, "We will hold these wonderful young men in our memories and our hearts. They are and always will be a part of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart."
Headmaster Rik Dugan bestowed one last hearty congratulations before the graduates headed towards the Kalkus House fountain for the long-standing graduation tradition of jumping in.
Princeton Academy is proud to congratulate the 30 gentlemen scholars of the Class of 2019:
Pablo D. Argueta Cifuentes
Nicholas Gove Leahy Callan
Bennett Michael Cerullo
Patrick McEnery Dunn
Kyle Robert Freundlich
Daniel Luke Harlan
Caleb Joseph Hibbert
Brendan Michael Kelso
Varun Kumar Khanna
Alexander Jude Maria
James Edward McDonald
William Jack Ayrton Millington
Justin William Owusu
Robert Christopher Pisano III
Hampton Kharon Brandon Sanders
Abraham Q. Silva
Oliver Colina Silverio
Alexander Billmeyer Vincent IV
Nathaniel Joseph Wallace
Chandler G. Watts
Charles Joseph Weinstein
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-boys K-8 independent school. Creative. Compassionate. Courageous. We bring out the best in boys.