ATTLEBORO — A total of 265 seniors graduated from Bishop Feehan High School Friday night, with the traditional piper leading the procession.
The 58th Catholic school graduation was held outdoors at McGrath Stadium, with the scoreboard showing 2022 in numerical numbers and Fall River Diocese Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha handing out diplomas .
Valedictorian Amy Parkinson of North Attleboro highlighted “small acts of kindness that change someone’s life for the better,” even though classmates may not be aware of their impact on others.
She called Feehan a “second home”.
“Each of you brought something unique and needed to the class,” Parkinson said. “We will continue to leave our marks. Each of you will make a difference.
Bishop Feehan President Tim Sullivan noted the “talent, resilience and enthusiasm” of the graduates.
“You literally went through everything high school had to offer in four years,” Sullivan said. “Survive, you have done much more than that.”
Sullivan, who graduated from Feehan in 1987, told those in attendance that the graduates were part of the Feehan family of approximately 12,000 alumni, and pointed to a few dozen from the class of 1972 sitting together on the sports field to celebrate their 50th anniversary graduation.
“They took the Feehan spirit all over the world,” Sullivan said, mentioning the former students who graduated from the Vietnam War era.
A member of this class saw his grandson, Jack Mooney, graduate – one of three generations of the family to graduate Feehan.
“I can’t wait to see your journey unfold,” Sullivan told the graduates.
Principal Sean Kane stressed that the class is the first to restore school traditions that have been fragmented by the pandemic.
“You’ve risen to the challenge of restoration,” Kane said. “We have been through a lot. Let us remember that many generations have faced adversity.
Kane announced earlier that the recipients of the Sister M. Vincent Ferrer Cox Man and Woman of the Year awards are graduates Sam DeMoura and McKenzie Faherty for best exemplifying the school’s ideals and values. .
The senior choir sang the national anthem. The master of ceremonies was sports director Christian Schatz. And the invocation was delivered by the Reverend Craig Pregana, the school chaplain.