Mayfield Senior School: Where Your Gifts Come Alive and Lead You to Great Places

Students celebrating their graduation with a traditional Mayfield rose petal toss.

Students celebrating their graduation with a traditional Mayfield rose petal toss.

On Sunday, June 8th, the 68 members of Mayfield Senior School’s Class of 2014 received their diplomas at the school’s 76th commencement ceremony. The young women stepped forth into the next chapters in their lives, exemplifying the seven core qualities of a Mayfield graduate: faith, intellect, integrity, reverence, justice, balance and joy.

More than 1,000 guests gathered to celebrate the commencement of these poised young women, who will be attending 53 colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of Notre Dame, Harvey Mudd College, the Pratt Institute, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. The invited graduation speaker was alumna Dr. Honora Howell Champman ’80, a professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno.

Cadence Stark (right), the Cornelia Connelly Winner, with Rita McBride (left), Head of School.

Cadence Stark (right), the Cornelia Connelly Winner, with Rita McBride (left), Head of School.

A college-preparatory, Catholic high school of 300 in Pasadena, Mayfield Senior School educates young women in the tradition of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. Graduates are dedicated to living out the school’s motto “Actions Not Words” daily.

Among the notable students honored during the commencement was Toluca Lake resident Cadence Stark, who received the 2014 Cornelia Connelly Award. Named after the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, this award is the highest honor a Mayfield graduate can receive. The award is given each year to a senior who best exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, community service and well-rounded interests that Cornelia Connelly established in her educational philosophy. Cadence also received recognition for being a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. She will attend the University of Southern California in the fall.

Courtney Kelly, who will attend University of Notre Dame, received the Pike Awards for highest overall GPA. Courtney was a member of the Varsity Tennis team, the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. She also received the Mayfield Award for Excellence in Mathematics.

Senior Class president Patricia Johnson gave the graduation speech. Patricia was named Athlete of the Year and was also recognized for her participation in the California Scholarship Federation. She will attend Indiana University in the fall.

Mayfield Senior School’s eight-acre campus overlooks the Arroyo Seco and features the historic Strub Hall mansion designed by renowned architect Frederick Louis Roehrig. Students enjoy small classes with student-centered teaching. Next year, Mayfield is debuting a one-to-one iPad program across all classes.

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

For more information visit https://www.mayfieldsenior.org/ or call 626-799-9121.