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Commencement 2017 Recap

Bishop O’Dowd High School’s 63rd Commencement was held on Sunday, June 4, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre of the Arts.

On June 2, members of the Class of 2017 and their families gathered in the large gymnasium for the Baccalaureate Mass, celebrated by O’Dowd Chaplain Fr. Jim Sullivan. A reception on the Quad followed.

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At the Commencement, Eunice Jung delivered the valedictory address, while Claire Kelly gave the salutatory address.

One of the highlights of the Commencement was the presentation of the Cor Unum Award to Kathleen Sereda Glaub ’71, who 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.

A former member of the O’Dowd Board of Regents, Glaub was instrumental in moving O’Dowd towards the President-Principal governance model, adopted in 2005, that has allowed the school to flourish. She and her family have also financially supported O’Dowd over the years, making gifts to both the Annual Fund and specific program and building campaigns.

During her professional career, Glaub shaped business and financing strategy for an assortment of biotech startup companies, played a pivotal role in product development programs for life-changing drugs, and negotiated transformational multimillion dollar partnership and buyout deals.

Meanwhile, several students received special awards during the Commencement Exercises.

Audrey Byrne and Chase Holliman 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 through participation and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

Antoneil Carter and Tyler LeBoa 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 Myah Pace and Jerome Deck for distinguishing themselves through consistent excellence in academics and athletics, and demonstrated good sportsmanship on the athletic field.

Madeleine Farrington and Tamarik Rabb received the Regents’ Award, given to the seniors who most exemplify the mission of Bishop O’ Dowd High School.

The 292 members of the Class of 2017 will soon be headed to colleges and universities throughout the country. A complete listing will be included in the fall 2017 issue of the Dragon magazine.

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