Today is a historic day as Vincentian Academy hosts its last graduation ceremony this evening, Thursday, June 18, and as students are graduating during a pandemic. This ceremony is taking place following all COVID-19 safety standards. It is being held outside, with families in individual cars, and graduates in chairs socially distanced. They will be called to the stage one at a time. Watch the video here.
Vincentian Academy, a private Catholic high school in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, is closing after 87 years. It is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The academy, like many other Catholic schools here in Pittsburgh, and in other areas of the United States, has experienced multiple challenges including declining enrollment and increasing financial losses.
Once the pandemic began, the school family came together to transition to virtual classrooms so that students could complete the school year. The Congregation is grateful to the faculty, staff, parents, and students for coming together during this difficult time, and for the many ways, they have made Vincentian Academy a vibrant learning community and an outstanding high school experience.
“Congratulations to the graduating seniors! We pray abundant blessings on each of you,” says Mary Elizabeth Elizabeth, Provincial of the Congregation. “To all of our students, we will remember the mark you have left in the classrooms, the halls, on the stage, on the field and most important in many hearts,”
Vincentian High School, founded by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity in 1932, began as a school for young women aspiring to religious life. In 1939, the first lay student enrolled. By 1973, the school became co-ed. And, in 1995 the school entered a partnership with Duquesne University and introduced the International Baccalaureate Program. The partnership ended in 2010.
For nearly nine decades, Vincentian Academy, with over 4,000 alumni, has inspired students to achieve academic success, nurture their faith, discover and develop their talents, and live Christian values.
The Congregation is very proud of all that has been accomplished and of the many successes and contributions of students, faculty, administration, staff, and alumni. “As hard and as sad as it is for us that Vincentian Academy will close, we believe that together we can move forward from this difficult moment, proud of the history and accomplishments of this much loved Academy,” says Sister Mary Elizabeth. “Together let us pray for God’s guidance for the graduates, for the other students as they transition to new high schools, and for the faculty and staff as they begin new opportunities.”