The 108 graduates of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School’s Class of 2016 celebrated the school’s 56th commencement ceremony Wednesday.
Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center and Auxilary Bishop Nelson Perez were in attendance to preside over the graduates, as well as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Walsh. Bishop Murphy addressed the graduates, along with Salutatorian Nathan Sandler and Valedictorian Katharine Brownfiel.
The ceremony began at 5 p.m. and was preceded by a graduation Liturgy at 3 p.m. in the school auditorium. Because of inclement weather the group photo took place in the gymnasium and the procession was around the perimeter of the auditorium instead of outdoors.
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McGann-Mercy campus minister Matt Prochilo (left), Bishop William Murphy (center) and Principal Carl Semmler stood by as the graduates proceeded through the auditorium before the commencement ceremony Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez congratulated the seniors after the Graduation Liturgy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Mercy teacher Patricia Doroski helps Suren Gu of Southampton with her gown. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Jules Guasp of Ridge (left) helps his friend Tyler Hamburger by fixing his tassel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Susanna Osinski of Greenport uses the window in the classroom door to check her image. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Aldo Geraci of Riverhead (from left), Alex Frabizio of Patchogue, Josh Elio of Shirley and Nick Gardner of Riverhead pose for a selfie after donning their graduation gowns and caps. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Juliet Fusco of Riverhead bends down a little to have teacher Monique Hernandez add her tassel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
McGann-Mercy Class of 2016 56th commencement ceremony. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)