Lauralton Hall celebrated its 112th graduation on Saturday, June 2, awarding diplomas to 107 young women in the Class of 2018.
Valedictorian of the Class of 2018 is Caroline Favano of Norwalk. Caroline will attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and plans to pursue operations and information management. Salutatorian is Lily Wald of Derby. Lily will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville where she will major in neuroscience.
The school’s highest honor, the Catherine McAuley Award, was presented to Jessica Sanchez of Milford. This annual award, named for the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, is presented to the senior who best demonstrates the Lauralton mission of Mercy values including compassion, courage, spirit of volunteerism and sound academic performance.
Graduates will be attending 70 different colleges in 24 states. Seniors were accepted into some of the most selective engineering, pre-med, nursing, information technology and business undergraduate programs in the country at schools including Boston College, the College of William and Mary, Tufts University, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Washington University in St Louis, and Yale University.
Earlier this year, four Lauralton seniors committed to Division I athletic programs (soccer, swimming and two for softball) and are among the nine graduates who will go on to play sports at the collegiate level.
In addition, 29 seniors received Lauralton Hall’s Frances Warde Service Award for contributing more than 100 hours of service during this academic year.
In her remarks to graduates, Head of School Elizabeth Miller advised the young women to follow their inner GPS.
Miller said that while it’s practical to “store your favorite locations,” she encouraged graduates to seize opportunities to “take the detour” and “venture further afield.”
She also challenged the members of the Class of 2018 to consider the impact and legacy of their Mercy education.
Miller asked, “Why idle when we can thrive?” reminding the new alumnae that they are greatly needed to advance the Mission of Mercy in the world.