La Salle Academy Celebrates 171st Commencement Exercises Socially Distanced at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Members of La Salle Academy’s Class of 2020 ended their memorable senior year with their graduation ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, August 13th.

The ceremony begins at the 19:15 mark

Graduation exercises were delayed by more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these unprecedented times, the 74 seniors in La Salle’s Class of 2020 completed their senior year with resilience and optimism. They collectively received over $15 million in grants and scholarships for college and will be attending some of the nation’s best four-year universities, including Boston College, Manhattan College, Syracuse University and Temple University. For a complete list, please visit

Steven Dumeng ’20, who will be attending Boston College, and Elijah Perez-Mendez ’20, who is headed to Fairfield University, are the Class of 2020’s Co-Valedictorians.

“I am glad we were able to provide this opportunity for our seniors. Although the timing was unprecedented, the spirit was familiar. I hope those who participated remotely via livestream felt the joy associated with participating in this rite of passage,” said Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC, President of La Salle Academy.

“It was so important to be able to provide the seniors with this experience,” said Ms. Kerry Conroy, Principal of La Salle. “While the ceremony took on a slightly different format, the simple act of being together in the Cathedral sparked an array of emotions for all of us. It was a beautiful night.”

La Salle Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school that serves a culturally diverse group of students from all five boroughs that celebrates a spirit of brotherhood grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers. For more information about La Salle Academy contact Ismini Scouras at 212-475-8940 ext. 204, email [email protected] or visit

Class of 2020 Co-Valedictorians, Steven Dumeng (left) and Elijah Perez-Mendez (right), speak at La Salle Academy’s 171st Commencement Exercises held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral held on Thursday, August 13, 2020.