Iona Preparatory School held its 99th Commencement Exercises on May 24 at Iona College in New Rochelle.
A total of 196 seniors graduated, having earned more than $29 million in merit scholarships, with an average award of $60,300. Of note, 7,500 service hours were amassed by he latest graduates in their senior year alone.
Visa CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’76, P’05,’12 of Rye received the Alumni Award and spoke to the graduates about choices and consequences; specifically, the choice to take Iona Prep with them as they enter the next phases of their lives.
“I would strongly suggest that Iona Prep has gifted to you a number of great treasures: friends, values, study habits and Christ,” Kelly said. “All four of these gifts, sounds like to me, are gifts that keep on giving … . and can be with you the rest of your life.”
This year’s Valedictorian was Peter Calicchia, 18, from Tuckahoe. The Salutatorian was Charlie Flanagan, 17, of Rye Brook.
Flanagan advised classmates to remember the life lessons Iona Prep has instilled in them
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