On Saturday, May 20, 2023, Malden Catholic (MC) celebrated the 88th Commencement ceremony with 156 graduates from the Boys and Girls Divisions. The Class of 2023 commencement was held in the Doherty Gymnasium with more than 800 family members, faculty and staff in attendance.
The ceremony started with an invocation by MC Principal Jeffrey P. Smith ’95, P’24, ’26 and was followed with the MC Boys Division’s Valedictory Address by Aiden Balandan ’23 of Tewksbury. Balandan’s address commented on how MC helped students shape and carve out their own individual answer to the age-old question “Who do you want to be?” He encouraged fellow students to push forward, make mistakes and accomplish momentous achievements while holding on to the memories, values and the character imbued in all MC Lancers.
The presentation of candidates by MC Principal Jeffrey P. Smith ’95, P’24, ’26, Boys Division Leader Robert J. Bucchino ’71, P’10, Girls Division Leader Jeanne Lynch-Galvin P’16 and Dean of Students Gary M. Moela was followed by the conferral of diplomas by MC President John K. Thornburg. Nicole Uribe Lopez ’23, of Saugus, then delivered the MC Girls Division’s Valedictory Address, where she encouraged fellow graduates to stay true to themselves, just as they were taught at MC. She reminded others to follow their passion, strive for greatness and “go after what scares you” with a lightness of being because things will fall into place over time.
MC 2023 graduates will attend some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities: Harvard, Cornell University, Duke University, Tufts University, Notre Dame College, Northeastern University, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Bates College, Brandeis University, Johns Hopkins University and Fordham University, just to list a few.
Here is a list of local graduates:
Arianne De Jesus
Roger Vasquez Jr.