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. 


SJP Alum and Robotics Featured at CSF Gala

Joadly "JoJo" Duplan, class of 2017, and the 1965 Firebirds robotics team represented SJP at the Catholic Schools Foundation on April 7, 2022.

The Catholic Schools Foundation, a generous supporter and partner of Saint Joseph Prep Boston, held a Gala on April 7, 2022 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Joadly "JoJo" Duplan, class of 2017, and the 1965 Firebirds robotics team
represented SJP at the event. 

Joadly Duplan was invited to address the audience about her experience as a Catholic Schools Foundation scholar. After graduating from Saint Joseph Prep Boston in 2017 and previously attending St. Theresa's Somerville, Duplan matriculated from Boston University. Duplan then began her professional career as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The next step in her journey will be attending nursing school to become a pediatric oncological nurse practitioner. Duplan credits her passion for the pediatric population and desire to work in healthcare to her Catholic education. 

"Along with a stellar education, Catholic school taught me to ask 'How do I use my gifts to better the world around me?'" said Duplan in her speech to gala attendees.

Duplan is remembered at SJP as an excellent student and dedicated member of the community. 

Before Duplan's speech, the 1965 Firebirds wowed gala attendees with their latest engineering feat. Operated by a game controller, the SJP-engineered robot whizzed around guests, stopping them in their tracks to learn more. Fellow Catholic school students and experienced professionals alike were impressed by and curious about the robot. Owen Weitzler, '25, was the primary "driver" of the robot, working with wide-eyed young students who excitedly retrieved and passed a ball to and from the robot. Sister and brother duo Brigid Duffy, '22, and Patrick Duffy, '24, engaged with inquisitive Catholic Schools Foundation supporters, explaining their roles in building the robot and how their recent FIRST Robotics competition went. 

Catholic Schools Foundation helps kids receive high-quality Catholic education. Saint Joseph Prep is a proud partner of the Catholic Schools Foundation, and is grateful for their ongoing and generous support.