Mayfield Senior School Celebrates 75th Commencement Ceremony

Mayfield Senior School’s Class of 2013. Photo by Bronson Photography
Head of School Rita McBride and graduates. Photo by Jen O'Sullivan

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% 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.

Seniors participating in the traditional rose toss after being announced as graduates. Photo by Jen O'Sullivan

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.

Among the graduates who received special recognition this year are: Veronica Anorve, who was presented with Mayfield’s highest award, the Cornelia Connelly Award, which is 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 earned 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 Latin and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

The 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. Her commitment to supporting adolescent development by nurturing mind, body and soul exemplifies Mayfield Senior School the philosophy of educating the whole child.

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. A Mayfield education helps young women to discover their strengths as leaders and encourages engagement with the community through more than 100 hours of community service throughout each student’s four years. Mayfield also offers an outstanding college counseling program, tailored to each student’s specific goals and personality.

Mayfield Senior School commends the Class of 2013 on their achievements and wishes them all the best in the years to come!

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