The 72nd Notre Dame High School commencement exercises got underway on Saturday morning, May 22nd on Marcucci Field. President Robert Curis and Vice President for Academics Ruben Valencia greeted the guests of the 117 graduates of the Class of 2021, and Marcus Yancoskie ‘21 delivered a well-received address to his fellow graduates. Class of 2017 Man of the Year Robert Schreck welcomed the class to alumni status. The highlight of the first part of the ceremony was the announcement of the 2021 Code and Man of the Year Awards. The ceremonies on Marcucci Field concluded with the graduates and their guests proceeding to Alumni Hall where each graduate walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
One hundred fifteen 2021 graduates come from 25 cities and towns, and two others are international students from China and South Korea. Our two international students were with us up to the time the school closed because of the pandemic. They attended classes virtually during their senior year despite the significant time differences between their homes and the United States.
The graduates received acceptances from 168 colleges and universities throughout the country and considered scholarship and financial offers amounting to $16.8 million. Their choices reflect 54 of these institutions (click here to see the list). One student will enter the United States Air Force, and two will enter college with ROTC scholarships. Four students will participate in postgraduate prep programs, two of them in Notre Dame’s Post Grad Basketball Prep program. Two students will enter the workforce via family-owned businesses. Approximately 30 percent of the class will attend these four schools: University of Connecticut (10), Quinnipiac University (9), University of New Haven (8), Sacred Heart University (6). The top fields of study are business (29), science, including medical-related fields (24), and engineering (10).
Nine graduates received the Certificate of Biliteracy issued by the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers -- six for Spanish, two for Latin, and one for Italian. Sixteen percent of the class self-identify as first-generation college students.
Notre Dame’s top honors were awarded to
Top row: Notre Dame Code Award Winner Owen Clark ‘21; Notre Dame Man of Year Award Winner Genaro Labanca ‘21; Class of 2021 Valedictorian Alex Ozonoff ‘21; bottom row: Class of 2021 Salutatorian Evan Quesada ‘21, and Notre Dame Athlete of the Year Connor Smith ‘21.
No other class experienced a senior year (and a portion of junior year) like the Class of 2021. Their success is due in large part to the dedication of their teachers, coaches, and counselors. The Notre Dame administration and staff went to great lengths to assure the Class of 2021 would not miss any of the essential elements that go into providing a quality Catholic education in the Holy Cross Tradition.
We extend congratulations and best wishes to all of the members of the Class of 2021.