St. Sebastian's School graduated 73 students during its 79th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 8, 2023. The ceremony was held outside on the West Campus field. Edward T. Ryan, M.D. P’23, Director of Global Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered the keynote address. Patrick R. Sliz ’23 was this year's Valedictorian and John Q. Daly ’23 was the Salutatorian. Headmaster Bill Burke presented the diplomas to each graduate as Assistant Headmaster Michael Nerbonne read their names. This year's Commencement welcomed a record number of Arrows legacy families to date, with eight alumni fathers and five alumni grandfathers among those graduating. Four of these families represented three generations of Arrows. Thank you to Cramer Productions for capturing this special event and providing the audio, video, and live stream.
On June 7, 2023, the eve of St. Sebastian's Commencement, the Class of 2023 and their parents, along with members of the administration and faculty, gathered in St. Bartholomew Church for the Baccalaureate Mass, followed by dinner in Ward Hall. In addition to receiving the traditional St. Sebastian’s tie and pen, seniors were presented with awards recognizing their talents and contributions to the School.
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
Pursuit of Excellence in the Disciplines Awards
Presented to individuals selected by the faculty
English Literature – John R. Lordi, Ethan L. Merithew, Brett E. Porter
Latin – Alex W. Yang
History – John Q. Daly, Peter J. Hunt, Ryan D. Steele
Religion – Michael J. Kalinichenko, Matthew R. Rohatgi
English Writing – Harrison W. Nash, Matthew R. Rohatgi
Spanish – Matthew R. Rohatgi
Drama – Robert T. Craven, Ethan L. Merithew
Photography – Alexander G. Maalouf
Ceramic Arts – Samuel B. Hinman
Music – Joshua A. Corbett, Alexander G. Maalouf, Ethan L. Merithew
Mathematics – Michael J. Kalinichenko, John R. Lordi, Patrick R. Sliz
Physics – Alex W. Yang
Chemistry – Joshua A. Corbett
Biology – Matthew R. Rohatgi
Greek – Michael J. Kalinichenko, John R. Lordi
Computer Science – Noah C. Janchar, Cooper W. Wright
The following Medals are awarded to individuals who, during their high school years, have achieved the highest grade point average in required and advanced courses in the disciplines:
The Humberto Cardinal Medeiros Memorial Medal for Modern Languages – Matthew R. Rohatgi
The Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Beatty Memorial Medal for English – Ethan L. Merithew
The Rev. Msgr. John F.X. Harney Memorial Medal for Religion – Patrick R. Sliz
The Rev. Msgr. Charles D. McInnis Memorial Medal for History – John Q. Daly
The Paul A. Ablondi ‘57 Memorial Medal for Mathematics – Michael J. Kalinichenko
The John A. and Kathleen T. Nerbonne Memorial Medal for Classics – Lars R. Gubitosi, Samuel B. Hinman
The St. Sebastian Medal for Science – Michael J. Kalinichenko
The St. Sebastian Medal for Fine Arts – Alexander G. Maalouf
The Headmaster’s Award
Presented to the graduate who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average.
Patrick R. Sliz
The St. Sebastian’s Scholar with Distinction Awards
Presented to graduates who have achieved a yearly average of A- or higher in every course, every year.
John Q. Daly, Matthew P. DeAnzeris, Michael J. Kalinichenko, Alexander G. Maalouf, Ethan L. Merithew, Matthew R. Rohatgi, Patrick R. Sliz
The St. Sebastian’s Scholar Awards
Presented to graduates who have achieved a yearly average of ‘B’ or higher in every course, every year.
Charles A. Bacon, Landon J. Bailey, Alexander J. Baynes, Connor D. Bragdon, Matthew N. Choumenkovitch, Joshua A. Corbett, Benjamin N. Garrity, Lars R. Gubitosi, John K. Hayes, John D. Heeney, Samuel B. Hinman, Peter J. Hunt, Noah C. Janchar, John R. Lordi, Alexander J. Lysko, Thomas D. McAuliffe, James X. McGuire, Reid M. McInerney, Andrew B. McNeill, Trevor S. Mullin, Harrison W. Nash, Brett E. Porter, Alexander R. Roth, Ryan D. Steele, Caspar T. Touloukian, Hagan W. Ward, Edward T. Weiss, Ryan S. Williamson, Alex W. Yang
The Sister Evelyn Catherine Barrett, O.P. Scholarship Award
Presented to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, most exemplifies in body, mind, and soul the spirit of St. Sebastian's School.
Quincy O. Pickett
The Robert S. Gilligan Award
Presented to seniors who best exemplify the qualities of courage, determination, and perseverance.
Connor D. Bragdon, Kellen P. Donovan, Troy N. Mccall, Jr.
The Cardinal Cushing Memorial Medal for Student Service
Presented to a senior for exemplary service to the School.
John Q. Daly
The Joseph P. MacDonald Award
Presented each year by the Student Council in conjunction with the entire School community to a member of the St. Sebastian’s family for outstanding service to the School.
Meyer J. Chambers
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.
Benjamin N. Garrity, Matthew R. Rohatgi
The Founder’s Medal
Presented to the members 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.
Trevor S. Mullin, Edward T. Ryan
The Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Medal
Presented each year to a senior for exemplary initiative, creativity, and perseverance in advancing the mission of the School.
Ethan L. Merithew
The Alumni Award
Presented to a senior, selected by the faculty, who possesses strength of mind, body and character, who displays outstanding attitude, effort and achievement, has an innate commitment to excellence in all endeavors and who has made many and varied contributions to St. Sebastian's School.
Landon J. Bailey
Service to the St. Sebastian’s Journal:
Lars R. Gubitosi, Samuel B. Hinman, Oliver F. O’Donnell
Poetry Out Loud 2023 School Champion:
Charles A. Bacon
The Recitation of Ulysses:
Benjamin N. Garrity, Michael J. Kalinichenko, John R. Lordi, Ethan L. Merithew, Alex W. Yang
Leadership in the Resurrection of The Dead Poets’ Society as President:
Alexander R. Roth
Service to the Walrus as Editor in Chief:
Kyle M. Bilezerian
Service to the Walrus as Editor:
John Q. Daly, Michael J. Kalinichenko, John R. Lordi
Leadership and Service to the St. Sebastian’s Book Club:
John Q. Daly
Outstanding Contribution to the Slings and Arrows Players:
Joshua A. Corbett, Robert T. Craven, Brian M. Grande, Ethan L. Merithew
Leadership and Excellence in the Memory Project:
Ethan L. Merithew
Art Historian Award (Surviving AP Art History):
William S. Hansen, Alexander R. Roth
Excellence in Photography and Service:
Ryan P. Donovan
Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Debate Team:
Matthew N. Choumenkovitch, William S. Hansen, Michael J. Kalinichenko, Reid M. McInerney, Alexander R. Roth, Edward T. Ryan, Alex W. Yang
Leadership and Service to the Debate Team:
Lars R. Gubitosi, John D. Heeney, John R. Lordi, Matthew R. Malloy, Ryan S. Williamson
Outstanding Leadership and Service to the St. Sebastian’s Finance Academy:
Lars R. Gubitosi, John R. Lordi, Reid M. McInerney
Leadership and Service to the St. Sebastian’s Finance Academy:
Connor D. Bragdon, Luke G. Brassard, Matthew N. Choumenkovitch, Christopher M. Condron, Matthew P. DeAnzeris, Colin J. Dowdle, John D. Faggiano, Ryan J. Fay, Theodore H. Gleba, Brian M. Grande, William S. Hansen, John K. Hayes, John D. Heeney, Matthew R. Malloy, Alexander R. Roth, Edward T. Ryan, P. William Tryder, John M. Volo, Alex W. Yang
Leadership and Service to the Robotics Team:
Joshua A. Corbett, Brian M. Grande, Noah C. Janchar, Alexander G. Maalouf, Matthew R. Rohatgi, Caspar T. Touloukian
Leadership and Service to the Engineering Club:
Noah C. Janchar
Leadership and Service to the Life Sciences Club:
Andrew B. McNeill
Leadership and Service to the Student Council:
Matthew N. Choumenkovitch, Connor R. Dumouchel, Benjamin N. Garrity, Peter J. Hunt, Edward T. Ryan
Chapel Speech Award:
Ethan L. Merithew, Harrison W. Nash
Dedication to Creativity, Design Thinking, and the Innovation Process:
Brian M. Grande, Noah C. Janchar, Alexander G. Maalouf, Caspar T. Touloukian
The Boethius Prize: For Dedication to Lady Philosophy in the Philosophy Reading Group:
Benjamin N. Garrity, Michael J. Kalinichenko
Consistent Participation in the Philosophy Reading Group:
Robert T. Craven
Outstanding Dedication to Arrows Together:
Matthew P. DeAnzeris, Benjamin N. Garrity, Matthew R. Rohatgi
Participation in Arrows Together:
Brian M. Grande, Noah C. Janchar, Michael J. Kalinichenko
Superlative Service at All-School Mass:
John Q. Daly
Many Years of Outstanding Service to the Chess Team:
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Brett E. Porter
Leadership and Service to the Health and Wellness Program as Peer Educators:
Charles A. Bacon, Matthew P. DeAnzeris, Colin J. Dowdle, Benjamin N. Garrity, John D. Heeney, Samuel B. Hinman, Peter J. Hunt, Reid M. McInerney
Most Basketball Points in School History:
Athletic Commitment Award
Presented to Members of the Senior Class who have participated in athletics each season from their sophomore through senior years.
William S. Hansen
Presented to Members of the Senior Class who have earned a Varsity Letter each season from their sophomore through senior years.
Samuel B. Hinman
ISL Award of Excellence
For exhibiting the Independent School League ideals of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play, and good citizenship while participating as a multi-sport athlete during his ISL career.
Landon J. Bailey, Zion R. Simmons
Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award:
Peter J. Hunt, Andrew B. McNeill
Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award:
Alexander J. Baynes, Edward T. Weiss
Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence:
Alexander G. Maalouf, Ethan L. Merithew
Presented to mothers with three or more sons who have graduated from St. Sebastian’s.
Kate Flatley: John’15, Thomas’20, George’23
Kristin Hunt: James’15, Joseph’17, Peter’23