St. Thomas More Catholic High School celebrated the 38th Commencement Exercises of 257 students Tuesday night with a unique graduation ceremony on YouTube.
While practicing social distancing and keeping in line with the governor's mandates for COVID-19, a special ceremony was arranged for the filming of Graduation with the Conferral of Diplomas. Principal Kelley Leger announced each member of the Class of 2020 as they processed across the stage with their diploma. Chancellor, Rev. Michael J. Russo gave each graduate a special blessing.
In a pre-recorded session, Andrew Broussard served as the master of ceremonies while Syndey Hemphill sang the National Anthem. Samuel Stonecipher delivered the welcoming address.
Kelley Leger, Principal announced the special awards to the following seniors:
- Samuel Stonecipher, St. Thomas More Award
- Katherine Hughes, Chancellor's Award
- Mary Barrilleaux and Cameron Cannon - Cougars of the Year
- Lia Shivers and Blake Champagne, STM Foundation Award
- Carlin Sekhani-Matthews and Luc Picard, Alumni Association Award
- Molli Perry, Margo Comeaux Memorial Athletic Award
- Andrew Broussard, Rusty Randol Memorial Award
- Amelia Hebert, Carolyn Michot Memorial Award
- Sydney Hemphill, Jay Faugot Studio Fine Arts Award
Principal's awards were presented to Anthony Benton, Bailey Breakfield, Cyndol Ceasar, Andrew Comeaux, Emily Fontenot, Noah Frederick, Andrew Guidry, Luke Howard, Brianna Myers, Ainsley Morgan, Meredith Perry, and Bailey Zehnder.
Graduate, Molli Perry closed the ceremony with her final words and Matthew McCloskey sang the St. Thomas More Alma Mater.
Memorial scholarships, which traditionally are presented at the Baccalaureate Mass, were presented to four seniors during the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to:
- Cameron Cannon - Eraste Autin '01 Memorial Scholarship
- Noah Frederick - Jacob Crouch '99 Memorial Scholarship
- Ainsley Morgan - Mark W. Graham '02 Memorial Scholarship
- Matthew Alexander - Sgt. Patrick Oliver Williamson '04 Memorial Scholarship
Sixty percent of the class earned over $11.5 million in scholarships. This figure does not include TOPS awards, which are yet to be determined. Nineteen students were named Utopian graduates, 48 students were named Chancellor Honors graduates and 30 students were recognized as Scholar Honors graduates. Click here for a listing of our 257 graduates.