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Xavier Marks 180th Commencement

Graduation 2022

Above: Click to view the full Flickr album of photos from Xavier's 180th Commencement

Xavier celebrated its 180th Commencement on Thursday, June 9, sending forth 260 seniors into the world.

A number of students were honored for their varied achievements throughout their time at Xavier. (For a full list of student awards, see the end of this article).

Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia, president of Saint Peter's University, delivered the Commencement Address. As the first lay president of Saint Peter’s, Dr. Cornacchia has overseen transformational academic expansion and fundraising in Jersey City—not to mention the Cinderella run of the Saint Peter’s Peacocks men’s basketball team in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Diego Lopez ’22, who will continue his education at Vanderbilt University, delivered the Valedictory Address. Jack McGillick ’22, headed to Georgetown University, delivered the Salutatory Address.

Lopez reflected on his four years at Xavier, stating, “Xavier didn’t just raise us and welcome us throughout our stay, it propelled us forward with good minds, good hearts, and the best friends and community we could have asked for.”

McGillick similarly reflected, stating, “When we came to Xavier as freshmen, we were confused teenagers, unaware of the immense challenges that our world faced—challenges which have only become more daunting—but throughout our time here, we have grown into educated young men with the foundations to be forces for good in the world.”

This year's Bene Merenti Medals, which honor members of the Xavier faculty and staff who have completed 20 or more years of service, were awarded to Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Steve Noga and English teacher Mary Grace Gannon P’03 ’07.

Ken Ng ’80, Edward O’Callaghan ’87 P ’17 ’20, Paul Scariano ’90 P’19 ’21 ’23 ’25, and Stephen Winter ’04 concluded their respective tenures on Xavier's Board of Trustees that night. The Xavier community is grateful for their service to 16th Street.

After the issuing of diplomas, a rousing rendition of Sons of Xavier led by history teacher Christopher Stevens ’83, and the closing procession, members of the Class of 2022 flooded out the front doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral—joining the thousands of Sons of Xavier who have gone before them.

To see all photos from Commencement, visit our Flickr site. Baccalaureate Mass photos can be found here. To see a recording of the Commencement ceremony, click here.


Valedictorian: Diego Lopez
Salutatorian: James McGillick
Religion Medal: Diego Lopez
Science Medal: Jack McGillick
English Medal: Percy Moser
Campbell Historical Medal: Jack McGillick
Latin Medal: Giuseppe Quatela
Michael J. O’Donnell Mathematics Award: Mark Faust
Barney Keller ’34 Mathematics Scholarship Award: Muhammad Zaeem
Donald G. Cook ’52 Medal: Patrick Mahaney
George M. Carney & Helen D. Carney Memorial Award: Matthew Rogers
Modern Languages Medal, Spanish: Diego Lopez
Modern Languages Medal, Italian: Patrick Mahaney
Modern Languages Medal, French: Neil Pasawala
Silver Medal, Computers & Technology: Thomas Tong
Silver Medal, Art: Andrew Fenniman
Silver Medal, Drama: Colin DeMatteo
Silver Medal, Music: Daniel Marraccino
Lance Corporal Michael D. Glover Memorial Medal: Albert Hynes
Brooklyn Prep Medal: Anthony Malshyti
Jesuit Schools Network Awards: Ryan Murphy and Owen Greer
Joseph P. Lombardo Memorial Award: Mark Faust
Rev. Joseph Latella, S.J. Alumni Award: Leonardo Mannino
Christopher L. Fagan ’02 Award: Giuseppe Quatela
Matthew J. Burke ’91 Memorial Award: Nicholas Bruno
Renzo Ventrella ’92 School Spirit Award: Jonathan Murgida
Class of 1974 John J. Ryan Bronze Medal: James McGillick
The Rev. William J. McGowan, S.J. Silver Medal: Diego Lopez
Claude Hubner 1923 Gold Medal: Jack McGillick
Gerard Werckle Award: James McGillick
The Rev. Edward Spinello, S.J. Award: Neil Pasawala
Bernard Moynahan Scholar-Athlete Award: Ciaran Murray
The Rev. Vincent A. Taylor, S.J. Gold X Award: Edward Young