Commencement Speaker Announcement: James Morton, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston to Address SJP Students
Commencement Speaker Announcement: James Morton, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston to Address SJP Students

James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, will deliver the commencement address to Saint Joseph Prep Boston's Class of 2022 on June 2, 2022. SJP's baccalaureate mass and commencement will take place at St. Columbkille Church in Brighton, MA, and will be available to view via live streaming.

Mr. Morton has been an advocate and influencer of positive change in Boston and beyond through his work with the Greater Boston YMCA, which is America's first YMCA and one of the largest private social services providers in Massachusetts, offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every child and teen, supporting healthy living and well-being, and promoting social responsibility.

His impact on the community has not gone unrecognized. In 2022, Mr. Morton was honored with the Idealist Award by Social Capital Inc. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine in 2021 for his work providing remote learning support and feeding millions of children during the pandemic. He was also recognized as one of Boston's Power 50 in 2020 by the Boston Business Journal for his leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The work of Mr. Morton and the YMCA of Greater Boston closely aligns with the mission of SJP and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston (CSJ). As a former educator in Springfield, MA Public Schools, Mr. Morton has a deep personal and professional connection to education. He was the keynote speaker for Founders' Day at Regis College, a fellow CSJ sponsored ministry. His moving remarks not only highlighted the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph but also explored how key relationships helped him overcome challenges he faced growing up.

Mr. Morton visited SJP on May 3rd in preparation for his commencement address. He visited classrooms and observed some Chapel Speeches, chatted with classroom teachers and administrators, engaged with our Robotics team, and participated in a roundtable discussion with a group of graduating seniors, some of whom are embarking on a month of service at Greater Boston YMCA branches for their Senior Service Projects. SJP's Senior Service Project is an initiative through which all 12th graders spend the month before graduating doing community service at a nonprofit of their choice. SJP students will volunteer at the Oak Square,  Roxbury, Waltham, and West Roxbury YMCA branches through this initiative.

Mr. Morton serves on numerous boards and committees. He is on the board of the Lynch Foundation and Rockland Trust Board of Directors. He is also on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston After School and Beyond, My Brother's Keeper Advisory Board, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Community Advisory Board, among many others. 

Mr. Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, and an Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University. 

The Saint Joseph Prep Boston community is honored to welcome James Morton as the 2022 commencement speaker. Live streaming information will be shared closer to June 2nd. 

 

James Morton learns about Saint Joseph Prep Boston's robotics team and STEAM program from SJP student Kristen Coleman '22 and STEAM Director Nia Gipson.

Members of Saint Joseph Prep Boston's Class of 2022 share their experiences with James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, in a roundtable discussion. 

James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, meets with Saint Joseph Prep Boston seniors embarking on their Senior Service Projects, some of whom will be volunteering at YMCA branches throughout Greater Boston. 

 

Golf Tournament Proceeds Presented to SJP

In memory of Dan Tice, Jim Long and Dennis Reardon presented a gift of $6,400 to Saint Joseph Prep Boston on April 4, 2022. These funds, which will support student scholarships, were raised through an annual golf tournament honoring the legacy of Dan Tice, colleague and friend of Reardon and Long as well as brother of SJP teacher Richie Tice. 
 
"Dan was the type of person that if he was down to his last dollar, he would give you seventy five cents and he would keep a quarter," reflected Long. 
 
In the first year of the tournament, the golf tournament raised just over $1,000. This past year, Long and Reardon were able to magnify the tournament's impact and raised over six times what they raised in that first year. 
 
"The funds need to come to this school because the work being done here is tremendous," said Reardon. "Dan would be very happy." 
 
After the tournament was dormant for two years due to COVID-19, Long and Reardon are pleased to reignite the tradition and continue raising funds for Saint Joseph Prep in Dan Tice's honor, stating an aspirational goal of $10,000 for future tournaments. 
 
"Don't waste the chance to be the best student you can be, the best citizen you can be," encouraged Reardon to the audience of SJP students. 
 
Before Dan Tice passed away after a battle with cancer, Reardon and Long worked with him at US Citizen and Immigration Services. Long, approaching 44 years with the agency, spoke of the important work they did and continue to do. Himself a descendent of Irish immigrants, Reardon relayed a story about attending a mass in Chicago during Saint Patrick's Day weekend. The mass was said in Spanish and the church was predominantly attended by immigrants from Mexico. Speaking of Irish immigrants, the pastor of the church told Reardon "they were immigrants in their day as many in his congregation are immigrants today; they played their part in helping build this country as new immigrants are today.  
 
The important work of Dan Tice, Long, and Reardon in the immigration space is closely aligned with the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston who have helped 168 individuals gain citizenship through their immigration ministry. 

"Mr. Richie Tice has the same character of Dan," said Long. Mr. Richie Tice, brother of Dan Tice and Saint Joseph Prep's Computer Aided Design teacher, was in attendance as Long and Reardon presented the scholarship funds to Head of School Eugene Ward. 
 
"Passing the check to Mr. Ward gives us great joy, because we see the great work this school does to open the doors of opportunity for your students" said Reardon.
 
The next golf tournament honoring Dan Tice will be held in September. Historically, the tournament has taken place at Patriots Golf Course in Bedford, MA.