On Graduation morning, Friday, May 25th, our community gathered with the proud parents and family of the Class of 2018 at the Prep to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Our Rector-President, Father Joseph Fonti, ’84, was the main celebrant. Father Christopher Bethge, ’07, con-celebrated and Deacon Philip Franco, ’93, proclaimed the Gospel.
Friday evening, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over our Graduation Exercises at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Brooklyn. Father Fonti welcomed the family and friends of the Class of 2018 and thanked the parents for entrusting Cathedral with their son’s intellectual and spiritual formation. He reminded his spiritual sons that “they can do all things in Christ who strengthens them.”
Adam Zajkowski gave the Salutatorian Address and Sebastian Rosas was chosen as the class Valedictorian. Both noted the unique bond that comes with the Cathedral brotherhood and the challenges that they and their classmates were able to overcome together.
Liz Faublas, Anchor of Currents News, was the commencement speaker. Ms. Faublas spoke about the unique role that women play in the Catholic Church. She noted the class’s unique diversity and urged our graduates to be true men for greatness by sharing their wisdom and being catalysts for the betterment of society whether as priests or dedicated Catholic laymen.
Towards the end of the ceremony after the bestowal of various awards, Father Fonti introduced Joseph Krug, Patrice Legoute and Stephen Jankowski to their new Rector, Father George Sears. All three of them have decided to continue discerning a call to the priesthood at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston.
Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio concluded the evening by praising the continued success of Cathedral Prep in producing a quality education in an environment where discernment is encouraged and fostered.
The Bronze Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.15, ranking him third in the class. The Bronze medal was presented to Adam Zajkowski
The Silver Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.63, ranking him second in the class. The Silver medal was presented to Peter Munoz.
The Gold Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 98.83 ranking him first in the class. The Gold medal was presented to Sebastian Rosas
Proud of the Class of 2018, we applauded their accomplishments and ask the Lord to bless all their future endeavors:
Emmanuel Ambroise—Attending: SUNY Buffalo
Daniel Berhan—Attending: SUNY Buffalo
Yann M. Camara—Attending: Albright College
Dyango Andres Campoverde—Attending: Saint Francis College
Richard Cisneros—Attending: Pace University
Christian Faustin—Attending: Queensborough CC
Nikola Fitissov—Attending: SUNY Binghamton
Joseph John Foley, Jr. —Attending: Queens College
Anthony Haran—Attending: St. John’s University
Donal J. Harnett—Attending: Penn State
Neil John Hickey—Attending: St. John’s University
Stephen Mark Jankowski—Attending: St. John’s University
Rasheed James Kelly—Attending:SUNY Binghamton
Jospeh P. Krug—Attending: St. John’s University
Johan N. Larsen—Attending: St. Joseph’s College
Patrice Legoute—Attending: St. John’s University
Daniel Patrick Maher—Attending: St. John’s University
Peter Munoz—Attending: St. John’s University
Michael Henry Murphy—Attending: Fordham University
Steven Joseph Osojnak—Attending: St. John’s University
Michael Victor Remon—Attending: St. Francis College
Fernando J. Ronconi—Attending: Hunter College
Sebastian Adrian Rosas—Attending: University of Notre Dame
Christopher Saillant Velez—Attending: St. Francis College
John Joseph Schilling III—Attending: Brooklyn College
Jose Angel Solorzano—Attending: New York City College of Technology
Kyle Sumprer—Attending: Brooklyn College
Joseph N. Tuseo IV—Attending: St. John’s University
Loik L. Uddin Jr. —Attending: Molloy College
Cian Walsh—Attending: St. Francis College
Adam Daniel Zajkowski—Attending: Catholic University of America
Juan Sebastian Zapata Arenas—Attending: Queensborough CC
Joshua Nathaniel Zayas—Attending: Mount St. Mary’s College