GREENWICH, Conn. — Sacred Heart Greenwich, an all-girls college-preparatory day school, celebrated its 167th commencement ceremony Friday, an overcast day with drizzle misting in and out of the activities.
The ceremony was held under a large tent on the school's campus, with Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrating the Baccalaureate Mass before the commencement.
Seventy-five young women received diplomas.
The two valedictorians and two salutatorians addressed their fellow graduates as well as parents, faculty and family members.
The valedictorians are Sofia Barbosa of Greenwich, who will attend Columbia University, and Avery Juan of Greenwich, who will attend Tufts University. The salutatorians are Caroline Geithner of Larchmont, N.Y., who will attend Georgetown University, and Olivia Thurman Rivera of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who will attend Harvard University.
Jennifer Raymond Dresden, a political scientist specializing in the politics of democratization following civil wars, was the commencement speaker. She graduated from Sacred Heart in 2002 and was the class valedictorian.
She has a bachelor's from Harvard University, a master's from the University of St. Andrews, and a doctorate from Georgetown University.
Dresden is a research associate at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. This summer, she will join the faculty of Georgetown University as an assistant teaching professor and as associate director of the Democracy and Governance Program.
She has conducted research in Sierra Leone and Mozambique and has published numerous scholarly articles. In addition to having taught at Georgetown and George Washington University, she works with the U.S. State Department, where she facilitates training for new Foreign Service officers.
While a senior at Sacred Heart, the U.S. Department of Education recognized her as a Presidential Scholar, an honor given to a select few of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.