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. 


NHS Induction and College Book Awards

Saint Joseph Prep Boston recently held an induction ceremony for seniors and juniors joining The National Honor Society, and recognized the 2022 College Book Award recipients.

The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921. SJP follows suit with upholding these pillars by creating enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulating a desire to render service, promoting leadership, and developing character in secondary schools.

The NHS requirements at SJP are the following:

  • Have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.6
  • Be enrolled in at least one honors or AP course 
  • Complete 10 hours of community service
  • Participate in NHS group service projects 

Congratulations to all of our new, returning and graduating members of NHS!

New Inductees (Class of 2024):

Noelle Anderson, Hovanes Aroian, Lukas Binggeli, Ellie Canhoto, Naima Cazeau, Angela Daher, Emma Donlan, Patrick Duffy, Jorden Gyurmey, Elizabeth Jimenez, Daniel Lee, Danielle Lionel, Mary McElroy, Katelyn Murphy, Yumi Nagatomo, Nayeli Orellana, Olivia Reardon, Mary Ruddock, Vanessa Villalba, Isabella Wright, Benjamin Yawoga

Returning Members (Class of 2023):

Brenna Daly, Olivia Dixon, Julia Fitzgerald, Angela Moreno, Jeneen Shokri, Brooke Williams

Graduating Members (Class of 2022):

John Cicconi, Kristen Coleman, Daniel Contreras, Anne-Coralie Daniel, Saidah DaSilva, Samantha Desmornes, Brigid Duffy, Adam Forrest, Lauren Forbes, Richard Gulbankian, Nataijah King-Whittle, Sujin Lee, Erin Lopez, Jack Lynch, YueEn Ma, Isabella Millie, Eric Moussignac, Charles Nolan, Ciara O'Connor, Annabelle Pappas, Tory Pepi, Samuel Reisfield, Abigail Ryan, Andrea Villalba, McKenna Wech, Hao Yang

College Book Awards:

College Book Awards were awarded at the induction recognizing juniors. College Book Awards are sponsored by alumnus of the college presenting the award. Recipients are junior class members who have demonstrated great academic achievement, leadership, service, and character.

College Book Award Winners (Class of 2023):

Brenna Daly, Harvard University: The Harvard Book Award is presented to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields

Julia Fitzgerald, Yale University: The Yale Book Award recognizes an outstanding high school junior for their character, leadership, scholarship, and intellectual promise.

Angela Moreno, Brown University: The Brown University Book Awards ie presented to a student for excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ronan Keady, Columbia University: The Columbia University Book Award is presented to a junior who exhibits the intellectual curiosity and achievement, community activism and leadership for which Columbia is known in New York City and in the world.

Olivia Dixon, Dartmouth College: The Dartmouth College Book Award recognizes and rewards a high school student who has excelled both academically and in their extracurricular activities.

Jeneen Shokri, University of Chicago: The University of Chicago Book Award is in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, community engagement, and an intellectual curiosity to draw connections across disciplines.

Edylene Altidor, University of Pennsylvania: The University of Pennsylvania Book Award is given to an outstanding student whose individual accomplishments embody the University's highest ideals of scholarship, service, future professional development, and civic contribution.

Hannah Smith, Wesleyan University: The Wesleyan University Book Award is given to the student who excels at a rigorous course of study that includes courses at the most advanced level. This student demonstrates independent thought and creative thinking consistent with the spirit of free and energetic inquiry encouraged by Wesleyan University. They show extracurricular achievement, school leadership, community involvement or commitment to the arts.

Eugean Jang, University of Virginia: The University of Virginia Book Award is given to a student who embraces creativity and innovation, and embodies the spirit of discovery, much like the University's founder, Thomas Jefferson. The student is a demonstrated citizen leader who works to improve their community locally or globally.

Brooke Willams, Brandeis University: The Brandeis University Book Award is given for civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice or volunteer work.

Yongjun Liang, Tulane University: The Tulane University Book Award goes to the student who embodies Tulane's motto of "Not for one's self, but for one's own" and have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and public service.

Sophia Musto, University of Vermont: The University of Vermont Book Award is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to scholarship as well as impressive citizenship. They have also made a contribution to their school or community.

Emmaline Nolan, Saint Anselm College: The Saint Anslem College Book Award demonstrates academic success and exceptional leadership qualities in the area of civic engagement. The recipient embodies the values inherent in our Benedictine tradition and have aspirations for continued education.

John D'Eramo, Saint Lawrence University: The Saint Lawrence University Book Award is for a student exceptional efforts in leadership, service, or activism in building and supporting an inclusive community.

Andrew Vronsky, University of Rochester: The University of Rochester Book Award goes to a student of high achievement and rigor in science and math classes. This student has given positive contributions to their school and within the larger community.

Theresa England, Stonehill College: The Stonehill College Book award is given to a junior who has not only excelled in the classroom but who has also made positive contributions to the school and community.

Congratulations to our College Book Awards recipients!