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Montclair Immaculate Hosts 87th Commencement

Graduation began at 6pm sharp with an opening prayer by Mr. IC Colin Williams. Mrs. Celia Triggs Honohan '74, President, welcomed the class of 2017 and reflected on their time here at Immaculate, giving each student an individual shout out of her favorite memory with them. Mrs. Honohan then recognized and introduced the Valedictorian, Shannia Carroll who delivered the traditional valedictory speech. In her speech Shannia reminisced about her friends, her academic competition with the Salutatorian Justin Cruz, and her Jamaican heritage.
Mrs. Michele Neves, Principal, presented the class of 2017 with academic awards for achievement and effort in the respective academic areas. Every student was recognized at least once during the awards presentation, truly a testament to their work over 4 years. Mrs. Neves then presented Mr. Phillipp Schaefer with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for his dedication to the students and willingness to go above and beyond in his duties. 
After the graduates received their awards and diplomas Senior Class President Rardnina Brown led the graduates in the turning of the tassels signifying their new status as graduates. Salutatorian Justin Cruz led the graduates in a traditional graduates prayer, after which the graduates turned to their parents and applauded and thanked them for their sacrifices.