Mount Saint Charles Academy holds 2023 graduation ceremonies

Graduates earned more than $22 million in scholarships and awards; 13% are first in families to attend college

Mount Saint Charles Academy graduated 103 students and honored the 50th anniversary of the class of 1973, which included the school’s first female graduates, in ceremonies held today on its Logee Street campus.

Mount’s 99th graduation observed traditions that included presenting the school’s top three honors and ringing the bell that greeted the graduates on their first day as Mount students. Members of the class of 1973 were presented 50th anniversary diplomas. Renee Desaulniers and Pat O’Gara Michko, two of Mount’s first women graduates, were among them.

Graduation speakers included valedictorian Caroline Monaco of Smithfield, R.I., and salutatorian Amanda Thrul of Millville, Mass. Amanda Masse of North Scituate, R.I., greeted the crowd and introduced speakers as the mistress of ceremonies. All three were among this year’s top-11 students.

The school’s three highest honors were presented after diplomas were awarded. Mount faculty chose the recipients by majority vote.

The Excelsior Award was presented to Alexis Ells of Sutton, Mass., for showing leadership and good human relations, participation in extracurricular activities, work on service projects, and academic excellence.

The All Mountie Award was presented to Michael Calabret of Hudson, Ohio, for academic performance, participation in a sport and extra-curricular activities, and demonstrating leadership.

The Ametur Cor Jesu was presented to Amanda Thrul of Millville, Mass., for academic achievement and exemplifying the Catholic virtues of faith, hope and charity through respect for others and a spirit of community service.

Earlier in the week, Providence Bishop Richard Henning celebrated Senior Commencement Mass on May 30, and the school presented students with honors and awards at the Academic Convocation on June 2.

The class of 2023 includes 43 members of the National Honor Society. Graduates were accepted to more than 260 colleges and universities and awarded more than $22 million in scholarships. About 75 percent will attend their first-choice school, and 21 percent chose Catholic schools. Thirteen percent are the first in their class to attend college.

Most graduates will attend a four-year college – 95 percent – with the remainder attending two-year colleges, pursuing specialized educations, or playing semi-professional hockey. Two were accepted to the highly competitive U.S. Naval and Air Force academies.