The Villa Maria Academy Class of 2017 celebrated their Baccalaureate Mass and graduation on Saturday, June 3, at St. Joseph Church in Downingtown.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph C. McLoone was the principle celebrant and homilist for the Mass. After the service, Salutatorian Hope Reynolds gave the salutatory address. Reynolds said she polled members of her Kairos retreat group for lessons they had learned during their years at Villa Maria, and cited some of their answers: don’t judge; there are things more important than school and grades; and, God is calling each girl to follow her own path. Reynolds also thanked the faculty, parents, and her classmates.
Principal Sr. Regina Ryan presented honorary diplomas to this year’s “Golden Girls,” Class of 1967 alumnae celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Villa Maria. Sr. Regina then presented diplomas to the members of the Class of 2017. Valedictorian Jessica Perry addressed her classmates, recalling her trepidation on her first day at Villa. She thanked her classmates, saying, “You were my coworkers and companions, never my competitors.”
The ceremony closed with the singing of the senior class song, “I Will Never Forget You,” written by seniors Kelly Mullhern, Paige Lachman, Megan McCallister, Maria Elisa Sigala, Lauren Turco, Julia Curry, and Devon Minuto. The new alumnae were then joined by other alumnae in the audience, along with faculty and staff, in singing the Alma Mater, before leaving the church to join their families for picture taking and celebrations.