Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead held its Graduation Liturgy and Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 on June 5.
At the liturgy, led in prayer by McGann-Mercy chaplain, Father Gerald Cestare, students and families came together to reflect on the past four years (in some cases, six years for those that attended junior high at McGann-Mercy). As part of this celebration, graduates received their mortar boards in preparation of the graduation exercises. During the Commencement Ceremony, the student body was addressed by Elizabeth Morgan of Wading River, valedictorian, and Anthony Pupplo of Shirley, salutatorian. Academic honors were presented by Principal Carl Semmler and Assistant Principal Lisa Navarra. The diplomas were conferred by the Bishop William F. Murphy.
The Class of 2013 is made up of 84 students from all over the east end and as far west as Patchogue/Port Jefferson. The students received more than $11 million in scholarship offers; 99% of graduates will be pursuing post-secondary studies or serving in the military.