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Lacordaire Academy celebrated their 100th year by celebrating their graduating classes in a variety of special ways this year due to the pandemic. It began with a kindergarten drive-through parade where each child got out of their car to pick up their bag of memorabilia on Thursday, June 4. The smiles on their faces were priceless.

On June 5th, Lacordaire celebrated its eighth-grade graduates with a “virtual luncheon” and then visited each of the eighth-graders’ homes on Tuesday, June 9 which would have been their date of graduation. The Academy’s mascot, Roary, also went along for the ride and helped to deliver the eighth-grade lawn signs!

Finally, on Friday, June 5, as is tradition, all of the seniors and their families drove through Lacordaire’s circle one last time while being filmed “live” on the Academy’s social media accounts.

Then on Saturday, June 6, the original date of graduation, the Head of School, Megan Mannato (of Montclair) and Director of Guidance, Kaitlyn Tashjian visited each of the graduates’ homes. The graduates were given their diplomas, flowers, some cards and gifts, and their individualized lawn signs. This year’s valedictorian was Alice Lake of Verona and the Academy had a tie for salutatorian: Holly Lake of Verona and Amanda Pisarczyk of Cedar Grove.

Lacordaire will celebrate all graduations in person on July 25 on their property and wishes all of their graduates much luck in the future.