Sixteen young men from Dorchester are now alumni of Boston College High School after a graduation ceremony on the Morrissey Boulevard campus last Saturday that drew more than 2,000 members of the BC High community.
“Our school will be forever inspired by the dedication and fortitude of the class of 2021,” said Grace Cotter Regan, the school’s president. “Their leadership, maturity, and tenacity served as an example to younger students and provided a foundation for our faculty and staff to address the challenges of this past year with incredible success.
“It is my great honor to congratulate these young men as they set off on the next chapter of their lives, now as alumni. Even as they leave Morrissey Boulevard, their spirit remains inseparable from our community.”
The names of the Dorchester graduates and their next stops follow:
Dyllan Bui, Rochester Institute of Technology; Amilcar Cabral, Bridgewater State University; Thomas Caulfield, Bryant University; Patrick Clougher, Saint Joseph’s University; Kyrell DePina, Suffolk University; Thomas Flaherty, Michigan Technological University; Brian Nguyen, Norwich University; Jack Pietroski, Suffolk University; Timothy Pugliese, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Syrus Richter, United States Marines Corps; Andrew Robinson, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Korey Sam, Brown University; Shamari Skelly, Stonehill College; John Studley, Fairfield University; Richard Tierney, University of Rhode Island; and Timmy Tran, Wentworth Institute of Technology.
The keynote speaker was Jack Shields, BC High ’79, founder and chairman of Shields Health Solutions and benefactor of the school’s recently established the Shields Center for Innovation. Launched earlier this year with Shields’s investment of $5 million – the largest innovation investment in school history – the center will help prioritize entrepreneurial thinking and prepare students for the rapidly changing innovation economy.
Graduates of the Class of 2021 have been accepted to more than 200 colleges and universities across the country, with 114 of them attending college in Massachusetts next year. A quarter of the class, or 77 graduates, will attend Jesuit colleges and universities. Additionally, five members received full tuition, merit-based scholarships, and six others will attend Ivy League institutions.