NWC's Class of '12 graduated on Wed., June 6, in a beautiful ceremony punctuated with laughter (and a few tears) inside the majestic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Archbishop Henry Mansell of the Archdiocese of Hartford presided over the school's 48th commencement.
Veteran WCBS-NY News radio reporter Rich Lamb ’67 delivered the witty but wise Commencement address, and Agata Harabasz '12 of East Hampton and Elizabeth Allen '12 of Burlington gave the valedictory and salutatory addresses, respectively.
The Class of ’12 had 163 students, including 26 whose parents were also NWC alums, and they came from 31 towns. West Hartford is home to the largest number of graduates (39), followed by Windsor (23) and Hartford (17).
Click here for a list of graduates and their hometowns, here for a list of schools to which they were accepted, and here to see a gallery of photos from the day.
A total of 82 students graduated with honors or highest honors. The vast majority of the graduating class – 99% -- is college bound, headed to schools like Princeton, Boston College, UConn, William and Mary, and Tufts, to name just a few.
The class included a National Merit Finalist (Elizabeth O’Neill '12); three other students honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; three students who were named "Summa Scholars" by the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford; three Division 1 athletes; one NESCAC and one Ivy League athlete, and 20 students who plan to play Division II or III sports in college.
“We are very proud of the Class of 2012,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson. “They have grown and matured and provided great life to the school over their four years. We wish them the best in the future endeavors, even though they will always belong at NWC.”