Bishop O’Dowd High School’s 57th Commencement was held on Sunday, June 5, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre of the Arts.
On June 3, members of the Class of 2011 and their families gathered at The Cathedral of Christ the Light for the Baccalaureate Mass, celebrated by Fr. Seamus Genovese, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Deacon Matt Dulka, father of graduate Anne Dulka, preached the homily.
At the Commencement, Margaret Daly delivered the valedictory address, while EJ Walls gave the salutatory address.
Vicki Lew Keller ’60 was presented with a Cor Unum Award, and made brief remarks.
Named for the school’s motto, “One Heart in Christ,” the Cor Unum Award is Bishop O’Dowd High School’s highest honor. It is presented each year to select members of the O’Dowd community whose lives and work embody the core values of leadership, service, social justice and intellectual competence expressed in the school’s mission.
Several students received special awards during the Commencement Exercises.
Michelle Dold and Will McAneny received the General Activity awards, presented to students who are distinguished by scholarship, excellence in conduct and outstanding devotion to Bishop O’Dowd High School.
Siobhán Kelly and Rico Mok received the Loyalty awards, presented in recognition of their consistent support to the student body, staff and parents in carrying out activities, and their willingness to give of self in terms of service.
Scholar-Athlete awards went to Genevieve Eng-Surowiec and Michael Belick for distinguishing themselves through consistent excellence in academics and athletics, and demonstrated good sportsmanship on the athletic field.
TJ King received the Regents’ Award, given to the senior who most exemplifies the mission of Bishop O’ Dowd High School.
The 273 members of the Class of 2011 are headed to colleges and universities throughout the country. A complete listing will be included in the fall 2011 issue of The Dragon alumni magazine.