Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston College President Fr. William Leahy Honored at Cristo Rey Boston’s 6th Annual Academic Signing Day

On May 18, 2016, Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston College President William P. Lahey, SJ, and more than 300 attendees joined Cristo Rey Boston High School in celebration of the school’s 6th Annual Academic Signing Day at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Closely resembling the tradition of National Signing Day for college athletics, Cristo Rey Boston’s Annual Academic Signing Day celebrates the achievements of the top five seniors of the graduating class, culminating with the announcement of where they will attend school in the fall. In more recent years, the Academic Signing Day has grown to also commemorate alumni, outstanding corporate and community partners, and the senior class as a whole.

The school prides itself in its 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduating seniors and, at the gala, this year’s top five students chose among colleges including New York University, Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts Amherst and more. It was an emotional night for the seniors, their families and mentors, as many of the students will be the first in their families to go to college.

Cristo Rey Boston is a School that Works. As part of the Cristo Rey Network, students take part in a work-study program where they work five days per month with a corporate sponsor to help pay for their private education. The Academic Signing Day celebrates the dedication of the work-study sponsors and supervisors, the hard work of the students, and the commitment of dedicated partners. Cristo Rey Boston honored Boston College and its President Fr. William P. Lahey as this year’s outstanding partner. Boston College and Fr. Lahey were one of the first sponsors, believers and partners of the work-study program, as they seek to foster and advance Jesuit ideals across all grade levels.

In addition to the excitement around honoring Boston College and to the students announcing choice of college, O’Neill and Associates Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Neill, led a call to heart with event attendees to raise funds for the school. Tom partnered with one of our very own work-study interns, Angela Vastey, to show exactly how Cristo Rey Boston is a School that Works. Angela Vastey graduated from Cristo Rey Boston, formerly known as North Cambridge Catholic, and went on to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at Boston College and her juris doctor at Suffolk University.

This year, the school raised more than $310,000 thanks to the support of the school’s generous sponsors, which will go directly towards helping low-income students in Greater Boston afford a quality private education all while gaining valuable work experience.

For more information on Cristo Rey Boston and how to get involved, click here

To learn more about O’Neill and Associates’ nonprofit expertise, visit our website