ICA Cristo Rey celebrated 90 young women graduates on May 31st at USF's St. Ignatius Church. Graduates from the class of 2019 earned nearly $17 million in scholarships and grants and were accepted at over 580 schools nationwide. Diplomas were presented by school President Sister Diane Aruda and Principal Dr. George Fornero. Also in attendance was Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and ICA Alumna Susana Lapeyrade-Drummond.
Alexis Balocating was selected by a group of faculty and staff, from among the class’s top five students to be the Commencement Speaker. During her four years at ICA, Alexis has been a leader in her class, and is a lifetime member of both CSF & NHS. This year she served as one of four co-presidents of the Associated Student Body.
Alexis distinguished herself academically and earned a medal for challenging herself with our most demanding senior schedule. With a 4.04 GPA, Alexis will be attending UC Riverside next year. Alexis is the third Balocating sister to attend ICA Cristo Rey Academy.
She went on to share what we at ICA Cristo Rey hope they understand from their time here: “Before me, I see the future… I see the greatest innovators and leaders of our society, who will create, who will stand their ground and who will make the difference that we want to see in the world.
“…As we close this chapter, be mindful of your Spartan impact. Be mindful of the present. Be mindful of the future. Always remember, your future choices, actions, and the people you choose will further define your Spartan impact. My Spartan Sisters, this is our foundation. We are women who will make a difference in this world.”
Photos from the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremonies