Mayfield Senior School Celebrates 75th Commencement Ceremony

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Cornelia Connelly Award Winner Veronica Anorve and
Head of School Rita McBride.

On Sunday, June 9, the 77 members of Mayfield Senior School’s Class of 2013 stepped forth into the next chapter of their lives after receiving their diplomas at the school’s 75th commencement ceremony.

More than 1,000 guests gathered at the school’s Pasadena campus to celebrate the accomplishments of this group of poised young women, who were accepted to a total of 141 colleges and universities across the country.

Once again, 100 percent of students in Mayfield’s senior class were accepted to a four-year school, with graduates enrolled to attend 46 colleges this fall, including Harvard, M.I.T., Stanford, Notre Dame, and USC.

Founded in 1931, Mayfield Senior School is a college-preparatory, independent, Catholic school in Pasadena founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and dedicated to its motto, “Actions Not Words.”

The senior students in the Class of 2013 exemplify the seven core qualities of a Mayfield graduate: faith, intellect, integrity, reverence, justice, balance, and joy.

Graduates from the Class of 2013 and Mayfield Senior School Head of School Rita McBride.

Graduates from the Class of 2013 and Mayfield Senior School
Head of School Rita McBride.

Among the graduates who received special recognition this year are: Veronica Anorve, who earned Mayfield’s highest award, the Cornelia Connelly Award, named for the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. This award is given each year to a senior student who best exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, community service, and well-rounded interests that Cornelia Connelly espoused in her educational philosophy. Veronica, a talented musician who also won the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service award, will attend Stanford University in the fall.

Madeline Waller, a National Merit Scholar who will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not only received the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Pike Award for achieving the highest academic average for four years, but also excelled as an athlete, breaking the school record for the pole vault this spring.

Senior class president Frances Patano gave the graduation speech. Frances has been active in the Mayfield Senior School Theatre Conservatory, and also received the school’s academic award for excellence in Latin and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

The invited graduation speaker was Mayfield alumna Adia Gooden ’03, who received her B.A. degree in Psychology, Spanish, and African American studies from Stanford University. Gooden completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at DePaul University in clinical and community psychology. Her research focuses on prevention and intervention programs for urban youth and working to build and strengthen communities.

Mayfield Senior School’s peaceful, eight-acre campus in Pasadena overlooks the Arroyo Seco and features the historic Strub Hall mansion, designed by renowned architect Frederick Louis Roehrig.

In addition to the challenging college-prep curriculum, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, students can engage in a myriad of activities on campus, including participating in one of the school’s 21 competitive teams in 13 sports or participating in one of the eight cutting-edge Conservatory for the Arts programs.