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Commencement 2020

St. Sebastian's School graduated 68 students during its 76th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The socially distanced ceremony was held on the West Campus field. Nicholas Soivilien '98, Assistant U.S. Attorney, delivered the keynote address. Patrick W. McDonald '20 was this year's Valedictorian and Michael J. Colgan '20 was the Salutatorian. Assistant Headmaster Michael Nerbonne announced the names of each graduate as they picked up their diplomas in front of the stage and then exchanged a bow with Headmaster Bill Burke in place of the traditional handshake. 

On July 29, 2020, the eve of St. Sebastian's postponed Commencement, graduates and their parents, along with members of the administration and faculty, gathered on the West Campus field for a special Baccalaureate Mass. It was a beautiful celebration in honor of our graduates.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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Each year seniors are presented with awards recognizing their talents and contributions to St. Sebastian’s. Commencement Awards, as well as other awards announced at the Baccalaureate Mass, are listed below. 


Pursuit of Excellence in the Disciplines Awards
Presented to individuals selected by the faculty

English Literature – Patrick W. McDonald
Latin – Thomas J. McCarthy
History – Thomas J. McCarthy, Austin J. Persons
Religion – Raymond J. Hilvert, Evan B. Nordby
English Writing – Nathaniel T. Kelly, Dennis M. Yandow
Spanish – Austin J. Persons
Drama – Aidan T. Garrity
Art History – Martin W. Morris
Music – Jared G. Arevian, Thomas A. Flatley, Raymond J. Hilvert, Connor J. McKay, Dominic T. Scordino
Photography – Luke D. McKenzie
Mathematics – Michael P. Farinacci, Thomas A. Flatley, Patrick W. McDonald, Evan T. Nordby
Physics – Patrick W. McDonald
Chemistry – Raymond J. Hilvert
Biology – Aidan T. Garrity
Greek – Timothy A. Williams
Computer Science – Nathan J. Piecyk 

Awarded to individuals who, during their high school years, have achieved the highest grade point average in required and advanced courses in the respective disciplines 

The Humberto Cardinal Medeiros Memorial Medal for Modern Languages – Austin J. Persons
The Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Beatty Memorial Medal for English – Patrick W. McDonald
The Rev. Msgr. John F.X. Harney Memorial Medal for Religion – Patrick W. McDonald
The Rev. Msgr. Charles D. McInnis Memorial Medal for History – Edward T. Murphy, Wesley J. Stanton
The Paul A. Ablondi '57 Memorial Medal for Mathematics – Patrick W. McDonald
The St. Sebastian Medal for Science – Patrick W. McDonald
The St. Sebastian Medal for Fine Arts – Martin W. Morris, Liam B. Murphy
The St. Sebastian Medal for Classics – Jeffrey M. Serowik

The Headmaster's Award
Presented to the graduate who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average

Patrick W. McDonald

The St. Sebastian's Scholar with Distinction Award
Presented to the graduates who have received a yearly average of A- or higher in every course every year

Michael J. Colgan, Patrick W. McDonald, Michael A. Treseler

The St. Sebastian's Scholar Award
Presented to the graduates who have received a yearly average of B or higher in every course every year

Jose Maria Castelo, Dylan J. Crandall, Jake W. Cusack, Michael P. Farinacci, John P. Feeney, Aidan T. Garrity, Raymond J. Hilvert, John A. Hodgson, Timothy M. Malloy, Thomas J. McCarthy, Evan T. Nordby, Nathan J. Piecyk, Evan G. Prince, Kristian A. Rosario, Patrick J. Rourke, Dominic T. Scordino, Jeffrey M. Serowik, Wesley J. Stanton, Timothy A. Williams, Dennis M. Yandow

The Sr. Evelyn C. Barrett, O.P. Scholarship Award
Presented to that senior who, in the opinion of the Faculty, most exemplifies in body, mind, and soul the spirit of St. Sebastian's School

Thomas J. McCarthy

The Robert S. Gilligan Award
Presented to seniors who best exemplify the qualities of courage, determination, and perseverance

Thomas A. Flatley, Owen J. Smyth

The Cardinal Cushing Memorial Medal for Student Service
Presented to a senior for exemplary service to the School

Jeffrey M. Serowik

The Joseph P. MacDonald Award
Presented each year by the Student Council, in conjunction with the School community, to a member of the St. Sebastian's family for outstanding service to the School

Jennifer L. Joyce

The Reverend Charles K. Riepe Medallion
Presented by the Assistant Headmaster, in consultation with the administration and faculty, to the members of the graduating class who have shown true leadership in exemplifying the virtues of faith and honor for which the School stands

Luke D. McKenzie

The Founder's Medal
Presented to the member of the Senior Class whose character, leadership, and fortitude most closely reflect the ideals that inspired William Cardinal O'Connell to found this School in the name of St. Sebastian

Ryan J. MacDermott

The Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Medal
Presented each year to seniors for exemplary initiative, creativity, and perseverance in advancing the mission of the School

Patrick W. McDonald

The Alumni Award
Presented to seniors, selected by the faculty, who possess strength of mind, body, and character; who display outstanding attitude, effort, and achievement; have innate commitment to excellence in all endeavors; and who have made many and varied contributions to St. Sebastian's School

Michael P. Farinacci


Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award

Michael P. McLoughlin, Patrick J. Rourke 

Chapel Speech Award

Andy-Tinh Duong, Raymond J. Hilvert, Austin J. Persons 

ISL Award of Excellence

Ryan J. MacDermott

Athletic Commitment Award

William D. Queally 

Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award

Michael J. Colgan, Dylan J. Crandall

Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award

Edward R. Daniel, Matthew C. Joyce

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence

Connor J. McKay, Dominic T. Scordino

Mother's Medals 

Christine Canavan P’15,’16,’20, Cathy Daniel P’15,’18,’20, Donna McLoughlin P’09,’14,’20, Julie Yandow P’12,’17,’20