Rosarian Academy Graduates 33 Eighth Grade Students at Commencement Ceremony

July 2017

On Thursday, June 1st, Rosarian Academy graduated 33 eight-grade students in the Rosarian Academy Theater. Sister Donna Baker opened ceremonies with prayer shortly before commencement speaker Deacon Serge Dube encouraged graduates to reflect on their personal development and global awareness during their time at Rosarian Academy.

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Deacon Serge prompted students to embrace the High School experience with balance and prayer, nurturing the gifts of faith, reason, love and forgiveness. The commencement address closed with a congratulatory blessing for the Class of 2017.

Class President Sofia Mendez reflected on the year while thanking Rosarian faculty and staff and presenting the eighth grade class gift of two red benches to be placed under the oak tree at the new memorial garden in honor of Oakley Debbs.

Charter Club recognition was given to 7 graduates who have been enrolled at Rosarian Academy continuously from the Montessori through eighth grade: Hope Diffenderfer, Aidan Griffiths, John Molina, Matthew Mullen, Drew O'Brien, Jack Shepherd, and Bella Vega-Dadurian. The Kiwanis Club Student of the Year award was given to Class President, Sofia Mendez while Hope Diffenderfer was honored with the 2017 President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

Awards for 3rd trimester honors were given to the following graduates: Remi Beaud—2nd Honors
Hope Diffenderfer (1st Honors), Marlowe DunnFlom (1st Honors and Double E), Devyn Dyett (1st Honors), Lorenzo Escobar (1st Honors), Gabi Faber (1st Honors), Bettina Johnston (1st Honors), Javier Keough (1st Honors), Sofia Mendez (1st Honors), Drew O’Brien (1st Honors), Max Sanderson (1st Honors), Jack Shepherd (2nd Honors), Isabella Vega-Dadurian (1st Honors).

Recognition of each graduate's high school matriculation was given as well: 

Sailor Kate Ashley - Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Brad Matthew Albritton, Jr. - Cardinal Newman High School
Remi Beaud - Suncoast IB programDaniel Calvelli - The King's Academy
Cossimo Carpenter - Cardinal Newman High School
Alexia Charlerie - Cardinal Newman High School
Gemma Conroy - Cardinal Newman High School
Hope Diffenderfer - American HeritageMarlowe Dunn Flom - St. Andrews
Devyn Simone Dyett - The Benjamin School
Lorenzo Escobar - American Heritage
Gabriela Faber - Cardinal Newman High School
Jack Ruby Fields - American Heritage
Isabella Fiorentino - Cardinal Newman High School
Aidan Alexander Griffiths - Cardinal Newman High School
Lars Van Gronberg - Oxbridge Academy
Katherine Reynolds Hamilton - Cardinal Newman High School
Bettina Alexandra Johnston - The Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut
Javier Keough - American Heritage
Alana Marchese - The King's Academy
Sofia Mendez - The King's Academy
Egan Mendia - Cardinal Newman High School
John Molina - Cardinal Newman High School
Matthew Mullen - Cardinal Newman High School
Drew O’Brien - American Heritage
Carson Perry - Cardinal Newman High School
Maxmillian James Sanderson - Jupiter High School
Jack Shepherd - The Benjamin School
Lacey Steele - Cardinal Newman High School
Isabella Vega-Dadurian - Suncoast IB program
Skyler Angel White - Cardinal Newman High School
Hannah Wilson - Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL
Mckenzie Slater Wilson - Millbrook Academy in Millbrook, NY

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit or call 561.345.3106.

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