Edison, NJ –558 graduates of the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Metuchen, who together amassed more than $112 million in scholarships and awards, were recently presented their diplomas.

Seniors at Saint Joseph High School were the first graduating class in the diocese this year, marking the occasion on May 19 at the Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield.  Graduates of Immaculata High School received their diplomas, awards and honorable recognitions on May 31, followed a day later by graduates of Bishop George Ahr High School and Mount Saint Mary Academy, which held commencement exercises on June 1.

Bishop Checchio, who participated in all four commencement ceremonies, said it is uplifting to visit the schools and to attend the high school graduations.

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“Young people today are faced with so many challenges and will continue to face obstacles in the years ahead,” said Bishop Checchio, “but it brings me hope to witness their enthusiasm and faith.”

Among the 180 graduating seniors at Bishop George Ahr High School, Edison, more than $35 million in scholarships and grants were awarded this year. Over the course of their four years, the Class of 2019 averaged nearly 188 hours of community service per student; and 98 percent of graduates will continue their studies at a college or university, according to the school.

Class valedictorian Isabella Adorable will pursue a degree in biochemistry on a pre-med track and is considering attending UCLA, NYU, Boston University or Boston College, while salutatorian Arnav Bhavsar will study mechanical engineering at the Honors College of Rutgers University - New Brunswick.

At Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen, the 147 graduating seniors cumulatively received over $34.1 million in scholarships. The Class of 2019 had a 100 percent college acceptance rate; 83 percent of the graduating seniors received a college scholarship; and 75 percent of the graduates received scholarships in excess of the four-year cost of attending the private Catholic all-boys college preparatory school run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, according to the school.

Valedictorian Matthew Vergel will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and salutatorian Michael Botting plans to study general business at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.