Commencement

Meet a Few Members of the Class of 2019!

Sierra Clark '19

College: American International College

Major: Psychology

"My guidance counselor helped me so much in deciding the perfect college for me. What I loved about St Joes is that they take high school seriously -- the teachers really want to help you and see you succeed."

Carmine Russo '19

College: Providence College

Major: Psychology

"St Joes has helped me learn who I am and has taught me the ability to express myself, especially in Creative Writing. I learned how to express what I felt and showcase my ideas and thoughts on paper."

Julia Rosati '19

College: Sacred Heart University

Major: Nursing

"During my senior year, I participated in the Futures Internship Program. I was able to shadow a nurse at Griffin Hospital and it was incredible. I worked in different departments and was able to find where I might want to work one day!"

Debora Yohou '19

College: Wheaton College

Major: Business Management & Fashion Marketing

Aspiration: Producer/Marketer of a NYC Fashion Show

"Going to St Joes actually led me to choose a smaller college -- one where I could get to know the students and teachers one-on-one. While at St Joes, I discovered my love of speaking to people and being a part of a team."

Jailyn McLean '19

College: University of North Carolina

Major: Political Science

"I wouldn't be as great a writer and able to explain myself thoroughly without St Joes. It's made such a positive impact on my mindset and how I view the world."

Kenneth Schneider '19

College: Xavier University

Major: TBD

Aspiration: Politics

"Being a part of the Student Ambassadors program has been an incredible experience. I loved being the first person people met when they came to St Joes; I took pride in making them feel welcome and helping them love the school as much as I do."

Tracey Logan '19

College: IONA College

Major: Social Work

"All of the teachers at St Joes have helped me to push myself and work harder. They taught me to the best version of myself."

Charlie Asetta '19

College: College of the Holy Cross

Major: Psychology & Theatre

Aspiration: School Counselor

"The St Joes difference for me was Peer Ministry. It's a self-evaluation class that led me to find who I am today. It helped me to discover my true gifts and talents."

Dori Grasso '19

College: Manhattanville College

Major: Child Pyschology

Aspiration: School Psychologist

"The essence of friendship and community at St Joes is unlike any other. They've taught us so much about our morals and our own values. I feel so much more well-rounded as a person."

Kayla Michaca '19

College: St. John's University

Major: Criminal Justice

Aspiration: Forensic Scientist

"Being part of the Futures Program gave me a once-in-a-lifetime experience. St Joes has given me a lifetime of moments that I could not have gotten any where else. I've made so many friends that I know I will never forget."

Emily Fodor '19

College: Central CT State University

Major: Political Science

Aspiration: Lawyer

"I chose to attend St Joes because of it's strong Catholic identity. The morals and values of the school are what led me to realize that what I want to do is help people. My goal is to become a lawyer and help people in any way I can." 

Alice Maldon '19

College: Marist College

Major: Undecided

"The SJ guidance counselors are incredible. I struggled with the college process because I had so many options and I became overwhelmed with the decision. My guidance counselor knew me for four years and helped me think about college in ways I hadn’t thought of. I know Marist is the right school for me because my guidance counselor and I did the research, I feel confident and prepared for my next chapter."

Amanda Flynn '19

College: Providence College

Major: Undecided

"I chose to challenge myself with honors and AP courses throughout high school. The faculty at St Joes allowed me to be successful with such a rigorous schedule. They stayed after school with me and provided me the support I needed to balance tough classes and extracurricular leadership opportunities."

Kayla Mackey '19

College: Morgan State University

Major: Marketing

"I plan to study marketing and international business. At St Joes, I was able to meet international students and learn from them about our cultural differences and similarities. It is these friendships, developed in high school that lead me to my future career."

Molly McGuiness '19

College: Sarah Lawrence College

Major: Political Science & Film

"The guidance staff here were incredible. Mrs Baird took the time to get to know me, allow me to take courses of interest, and then help me find my next great fit, which is Sarah Lawrence.

I was also able to take Honors Political Philosophy and Women in Literature courses which allowed me to understand the fundamentals of democracy and find my passion."

Katie McKeon '19

College: High Point University

Major: Marketing
Minor: International Business

"I chose to come to St Joes because I wanted to be surrounded by students and faculty who were all working together toward our college goals. Here at SJ, I felt accepted, loved and supported in the new things I tried and for me that was the most important thing in a high school."

Emmet Matthews '19

College: Xavier University

Major: Acting/Film

"I chose to come to St Joes not knowing that the community would be the factor that lead to my success in high school. I didn’t realize I needed it until I was here and experienced the support and friendship."

Tathiana Cortes '19

College: Southern CT State University (Soccer)

Major: Undecided

"I came to St Joes not knowing anyone. However, I knew I wanted to be part of this community so I had to open myself up to try new things and meet new people. Now I have life-long friends as well as the skills to communicate with people from all different backgrounds. These social and communication skills are important for the rest of my life."

Jimmy Evans '19

College: Tufts University (Baseball)

Major: Economics
Minor: Finance

"One of the best things about St Joes was that I had some of the most rigorous teachers who challenged me, but also cared very much about me as a student. When the academic work was hard, I knew it was because they cared and were preparing me for college."


Commencement for the Class of 2019 was held on June 1, 2019.
(View Photos on Our Smug Page!)

Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on May 30, 2019, at 10:00am! 

But until then, there are a number of activities and events all year round that celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments! We hope you can join us for any or all of these events! 
 


 

SENIOR MASS & HOMECOMING ASSEMBLY: October 25, 2019 (Tentative)
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The 2019 Senior Mass & Homecoming Assembly will tentatively take place on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 12:30pm.

Senior Mass & Homecoming is our first senior-focused event of the year!   

During the day,  Seniors will gather in the Auditorium for Mass, followed by a special lunch in the gym.

At 12:30pm, parents were welcome to join us as our seniors processed by Senior Homerooms.

Attire:

  • Seniors are asked to wear business attire; a suit, or jacket and tie for the gentlemen and an appropriate outfit for the ladies, slacks, skirts, or dresses. Attire is not evening attire and must be modest in length for our young ladies.
     

CLASS DAY: May 28, 2020 (Tentative)
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Class Day will be tentatively held the week of May 25th, 2020. Class Day will begin with a Senior Parent Breakfast at 7:30am. 

Senior Parents are invited to kick off graduation at a special breakfast in St Joe's Student Commons & Courtyard. Join us for a delicious breakfast - just for you - as we prepare to celebrate your graduate at the first of three graduation ceremonies!

The Class Day assembly will begin at 8:30am. (Seniors arrive no later than 7:55am for Homeroom)

Parents are encouraged to attend and join the graduates in the gymnasium. Class Day is a St Joe's tradition that gathers the entire school to celebrate our Seniors. Academic awards and scholarships are also announced!  

All seniors are required to attend in their academic gowns, but no caps. The entire faculty and student body will also attend the assembly. 

 

BACCALAUREATE MASS: May 28, 2020 (Tentative)
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Baccalaureate Mass will be tentatively held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:00pm at St Theresa Church (5301 Main Street, Trumbull). 

Family and friends are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the 2nd of three SJ Graduation Ceremonies!  St Joe's Baccalaureate Mass is offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon our graduates and their families. Memorial Scholarships are also awarded. 

  • Seniors should report to the church hall (behind the church) no later than 6:15PM wearing their gowns but no caps. 
  • All seniors are required to attend. 
  • Parking in the rear of the church is encouraged.
  • All alumni parents and their seniors will be acknowledged by name at the end of the Mass. 

 

COMMENCEMENT: May 30, 2020 (Tentative)
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Commencement will tentatively be held on Saturday, May 30 at 10:00AM.

Seniors are required to attend and should arrive no later than 9:00am to homeroom in their academic gowns and caps.  No adornments of any kind are allowed on caps or gowns. 

Seating: 
Ample seating is available on St Joe's bleachers. Should you wish to sit on the field, you must provide your own seating on the field behind the graduates.

Weather permitting, Commencement will take place on St Joe's Dalling Field and seating is unlimited. For those in need of an indoor, air-conditioned venue, we will provide a live-stream of the event in our auditorium. 

In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified through our phone notification system. If held indoors, Commencement will take place in our gymnasium and each graduate will be limited to 4 guests. Overflow seating will be available in the auditorium and classrooms, where the event will be live-streamed. 
 

 

Additional Senior Activities
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Friday, May 8 (Tentative)

  • No Classes for Seniors. 
  • Senior Prom - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • The Waterview (215 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe, CT 06468) 
  • Post Prom - 11:30pm - 2:30am
    • Sports Center (784 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484)

Wednesday, May 20 (Tentative)

  • Last Bell Assembly, Alumni Induction, and Yearbook Distribution
    • Auditorium, 1:00pm
    • Parents: Join us as we stream Last Bell on facebook live! 

Thursday, May 21 - Friday, May 22 (Tentative)

  • No Classes for Seniors

Tuesday, May 26 (Tentative)

  • Senior Outing

Wednesday, May 27 (Tentative)

  • Mandatory Graduation Practices - 7:55am-10:30am

Friday, May 29 (Tentative)

  • Mandatory Graduation Practice - 10:00am
  • Barbecue on Campus - 10:45am-1:00pm

Important Information on Attendance, Dress Code, and Behavior

Attendance

  • Attendance is required at all graduation practices, Class Day, Baccalaureate Mass, and Commencement.

Behavior / Decorum at all events: 

  • The St Joseph High School diploma is not exclusively an indication of the successful completion of academic requirements.  Since we educate the whole person, we expect and require each student to exhibit, by his or her own behavior, an appreciation for and acceptance of the values and ideals on which the school was founded and which we continue to teach, as a prerequisite for the awarding of a St Joseph High School diploma.  We expect our students to conduct themselves with characteristic poise and class.

Graduation Practices Are Mandatory

  •  Appropriate casual dress for practice is allowed. At Graduation practices, students report to the gym at 7:55am.  These days are considered days of school and all school attendance policies apply.

Dress Code

  • It is required that seniors adhere to the grooming and dress code regulations of St Joseph High School.  Even though the special events require that academic gowns to be worn, boys are to be clean-shaven and appropriately dressed: shirt and tie, slacks, dress shoes (no sandals/sneakers), no earrings.  Girls are expected to wear dresses, skirts (of modest length) or pants, and dress shoes, business attire.  No shorts are permitted. NO ADORNMENTS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED ON CAPS OR GOWNS.

 

 

Video & Photography
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During Homecoming, Class Day, and Baccalaureate Mass:

Parents are more than welcome to take photos during each of our events. 

In addition, St Joseph High School takes photos during each event and places them on our SmugMug page for your viewing. You are free to save images off of our SmugMug page. 

During Commencement: 

  • Photography at Commencement
    • For the safety of our graduates, families are not allowed to be up close to the stage to take photographs. 
    • We will have an in-house photographer taking photographs during the event of your student. Those photos will be available to view on SJ's SmugMug page. 
  • Live Stream of Commencement
    • St Joe's Commencement will be Live Streamed for those who are unable to attend the graduation ceremony. As the date nears, we will send a link via email.
       

Commencement DVDs: 

  • For Commencement 2020, St Joes will partner with a company to provide our families with a commencement DVD! 

    More information will be provided closer to graduation. 

 

Yearbook Distribution 
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Yearbooks are included as part of students' graduation fee . They will be distributed at the Last Bell Assembly. 


 

Cap & Gown Distribution 
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Cap and Gown distribution takes place during Graduation practice.

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Grad Ad 2019

 

Watch Dr Walsh's speech to our Seniors at the 2018 Homecoming Assembly!