Top: Rev. Carl Jean, C.S. (LCS ’02) bestows a blessing on the graduates at the conclusion of their Baccalaureate Mass; LCS Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS ’07) welcomes family members and guests to LCS’s 19th commencement exercises; Super Guide (Class President) Andy-Gessy Walter (LCS ’14) passes the torch of leadership to rising Philo (U.S. senior +1) student, Nadine Certitude. Bottom: THP Director of Community Development Christina Moynihan addresses the guests and graduates on issues facing Haiti; THP President and Head of LCS Deacon Patrick Moynihan awards Francesca Desimeau (LCS ’14) her diploma; Director of the Office of External Affairs, Jean-Roger Polidor (LCS ’06) announces the advent of five perpetual named scholarships, provided through the generosity of various members of the THP community.
Graduation seems to get better and better every year. LCS's 19th commencement was another excellent example and probably the smoothest we've ever had. All 44 members of the Philo class graduated, Christina gave a moving speech, and several of our Haitian supporters were in attendance, including the class Marraine (Godmother) Myriam Baker and newly re-elected THP Board Member Patrick Brun.
Thanks to the generosity of many of our supporters and their families, one of this year's highlights was the announcement of five named scholarships in memory of Capt. Lawrence L. Beason, Jr. (brother of former THP Board Member Cathy Reineking and her husband Dean Reineking, a current board member), Janet Mauro (one of THP’s early founders), Ace and Audrey Mullen (former THP Board Member and his wife), and in honor of Robert E. Moynihan, and Christina Moynihan (to honor her work with the women and children of our Santo neighborhood).
The scholarships will be awarded later in the summer after the results of the Baccalauréat, Haiti's national exam, are announced. (In Haiti, a student must pass the exam in order to enter university.)
The scholarship endowments represent the fulfillment of one aspect of our Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way capital campaign to stabilize THP and the current LCS by raising $2.9 million in the form of $1 million for the Endowment for Capital Improvements, $1 million for an endowment to support the annual operating costs for LCS’s Office of External Affairs (OEA), and $900,000 for the Endowment for University Scholarships (in the form of nine $100,000 named scholarships - all of which are already underway).
The completion of this campaign will also lay the foundation for THP to build a second LCS in another part of Haiti. We have already raised nearly 50% of this goal in gifts and pledges.
This will be our last update for the academic year. I look forward to resuming the weekly updates on September 3rd.