It was a beautiful evening on Friday, May 13 as we celebrated the Class of 2022 during their Commencement Ceremony, which was held for the first time on the Nerinx Hall quadrangle.
"This class has maintained the high standards that previous Nerinx Hall classes have set in the past," said President John Gabriel in his remarks. "We are very proud of you – and very grateful to you – for all you have done to make our school a better place."
During the ceremony, Kendall Barnett was recognized as this year's Valedictorian, and Kara Neuner as Salutatorian.
In her speech, Kendall noted the role Nerinx has played in fostering empowered women who stand up for their beliefs while respecting differences.
"Nerinx has taught us to create a more just world. We have learned, listened, and used our voices for action," she said, "Nerinx has also taught us to respect one another, even when we have different beliefs. Our community has taught us that when we listen to one another, we grow as a whole."
During Kara's address, she reflected on the Nerinx community, which has given her so much.
"I have always been steadfast in my claim that the community is what gives Nerinx its distinct identity," she said. "I have found solace, acceptance, comfort, home, within these halls."
She added, "Nerinx is not encompassed in the principles of 'faith, community, justice, and respect' just simply because someone decided it would be, but because we as its members choose to strive to live those values out each day."
Special kudos also goes to Kara Neuner for being named this year's recipient of the Father Nerinckx Award, and to Student Government President Alia Noor for being named the Julie Sheridan '67 Award winner.
Congratulations to all our graduations on your many incredible accomplishments, and welcome into the alumnae community. We can't wait to see where your Nerinx journey will take you next!
Quick Facts about this impressive class:
- The Class of 2022 has been accepted into 181 different colleges and universities.
- They will enroll in 62 different institutions of higher education next fall.
- The total amount awarded to these students over their four years is just under $20 million.