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AR Class of 2017 graduates


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The Liacouras Center on Temple University’s North Philadelphia campus is typically home to basketball games and concerts, but on May 5, a crowd turned out for an event much more personal to Archbishop Ryan.

Families and friends of 318 seniors filled the lower level to watch the 49th commencement for the 50-year-old school.

“The last two events, the baccalaureate mass and the graduation ceremony, went very smoothly for the Class of 2017,” said Mr. Joseph McFadden.

Family and friends were welcomed by McFadden, the principal of Archbishop Ryan. Following McFadden was Jack Sliwa, who wrote and delivered the salutatory address. Mrs. Regina Abernethy announced the scholarships, and then Sammantha Chiu delivered her valedictory address. Mrs. Denise LePera presented the awards and commendations. Amanda Lawson told the crowd about her experience at Ryan and all of the things she will greatly miss. Ending the ceremony Bishop Edward M. Deliman, Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia, who read out loud a letter that the Archbishop had written for the Class of 2017.

 Cecelia Jaskel sang the National Anthem, and Kathleen McCauley sang the Alma Mater.

Overall, the Class of 2017 had over $27 million worth of scholarship money. They received 155 scholarships, and seven students enlisted into the military. Ten students in the Class of 2017 got a full ride to college.

“They went out the way you would want to remember them,” said McFadden. “It made us very proud.”

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AR Class of 2017 graduates