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Class of 2020 Commencement


Sacred Heart Academy celebrated its 154th Commencement on Thursday, July 23rd. Originally scheduled for early June, the graduation was held on the upper field under a large tent with a view of the iconic Sacred Heart mansion. Unlike other Sacred Heart Academy commencements, the event required physical distancing, face coverings and limited attendance, yet the beloved Sacred Heart traditions remained. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated that same afternoon at St. John Neumann Church in Bryn Mawr. Both ceremonies were live-streamed for family, friends, faculty and staff. 

The 38 graduates and guests heard from Baccalaureate speaker, Rachel Prendergast '20, Commencement speaker, Melanie McMenamin '93, P'26, and Valedictorian, Kayleigh Doyle '20. Director of Academics, Dr. Cara Saraco presented the candidates to Head of School, Miss Deirdre Cryor who handed diplomas to each student.  

Sacred Heart Academy is grateful to the Class of 2020 for their courage, resilience and SHA school spirit during this unprecedented time. 

Individual graduate portraits and fourth and eighth-grade award recipients were photographed from a distance by Active Image Media. These family keepsakes are available to view and/or purchase here:


Congratulations to the following graduates:

Elizabeth Riley Baggini
Sophia Rose Barone
Sydney Rose Bell
Katherine Elisabeth Belle
Yasmeena Melba Briones
Mary Katharine Burrichter
Sophia Therese DiCocco
Kayleigh Alexandra Doyle
Grace Katherine Farrell
Carina Elle Fichera
Alessandra Nicole Frabizzio
Gwendolyn Melanie Fry
Grace McLaughlin Gagliardi
Yasmin Ghanem Hailu
Maura Ann Gibson
Emily Grace Gorski
Amanda Mary Heilmann
Carly MacKenna Knowlton
Madeline Dillon Krug
Hannah Rose Martinson
Melissa Rae Matus
Anya Alexandra McDonnell
Autumn Nelson
Chiara Maria O’Keefe
Christina Alexandra Pippis
Rachel Elizabeth Prendergast
Zoe Therese Quigley
Veronica Maher Riga
Caroline Elizabeth Ross
Amelia Martindale Sharkey
Erin Marie Shaughnessy
Julia Elizabeth Shavo
Lauren Rose Tomcavage
Sydney Nicole Verna
Veronica Lynn Washco
Nicole Patricia Watkinson
Ryleigh Maria Wiemer
Mya Williams