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2018 Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Welcome to the Alumni Association!


On June 2, 104 members of the Class of 2018 became St. Dominic’s newest alumni. These graduates have been accepted to 157 colleges, universities and military service academies. The Baccalaureate Mass for the students, parents and faculty took place the evening before.


Commencement Speaker Taps Gallagher:
1972 graduate Taps Gallagher was the 87th commencement speaker, delivering an impassioned speech with wise advice on being kind and helpful to others.

       Taps Gallagher is a 1972 graduate of St. Dominic who lived in Massapequa while attending high school. While at St. Dominic, he was a varsity letterman in basketball, track and golf. He received a basketball scholarship to St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he was a member of a national championship basketball team and was also his class valedictorian. To this day, he is the only American student to achieve that honor. Mr. Gallagher went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at St. John’s University in New York City, graduating summa cum laude. He then proceeded to Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree.
       Upon graduation, Mr. Gallagher was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General and also served on the Character and Fitness Committee for the Illinois Bar Examiners for a period of nine (9) years. This position is an appointment from the Illinois Supreme Court.
       Mr. Gallagher is an author of a book entitled “Stolen Glory”, which describes the sudden and shocking turn of events that snatched the Gold victory from the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympic Basketball Game in Munich, Germany. At the present time, he is representing the players in a quest to procure the gold medals that they were deprived of. The screenplay was just completed and a movie is contemplated for the year 2022, which will be the 50 year anniversary of the game.
       Mr. Gallagher is also a basketball coach and referee who has been involved in all levels of competition from grammar school through high school. He has coached the Chicago Blaze who was in the women’s WNBA. He is a member of St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, and Canadian Hall of Fames. He currently practices law in Chicago where he specializes in personal injury. He has been married for 34 years and has three (3) daughters. Over the years, he has been involved with St. Dominic High School supporting the annual auction as well as providing scholarships for St. Dominic students.


Valedictorian, Alexandria Rothschild-Edwards:
       Alexandria Rothschild-Edwards, was presented with the Valedictorian medal. Our Valedictorian has been the recipient of 20 total Underclass Awards throughout her time as a student at St. Dominic High School. She is a true leader in every sense of the word, serving as the President of each of the following: the National Honor Society, the Italian Honor Society, the English Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, the Mock Trial club, and the Model U.N. team, among numerous other noteworthy positions of leadership. She holds membership in six of our Honor Society’s, and has been a member of our highly selective STEM Scholars Program throughout her high school career. She has completed internships alongside members of U.S. Congress, and debated global issues with both the Yale University and Columbia University’s Model U.N. Institutes. She was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and has mentored and represented her peers as a Bayhawk Leader, a member of the Student Council, and as her Class Vice President. She will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall, to study Global Affairs and Economics, with an interest in attending Law school in the future.
2018 Commencement Speaker Taps Gallagher
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 on their college acceptances!
Adelphi University
The University of Alabama
Albright College
American University
Arcadia University
College of the Atlantic
Auburn University
Bentley University
Binghamton University
Boston University
University of Bridgeport
Bucknell University
University of California, Merced
University of California, Santa Cruz
Canisius College
The Catholic University of America
Cazenovia College
Champlain College
Clark University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
CUNY – Macaulay Honors College
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
DePaul University
DeSales University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus
Farmingdale State College
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Atlantic University
University of Florida
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
The George Washington University
University of Hartford
Hartwick College
High Point University
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Houghton College
Hunter College of the CUNY
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iona College
The University of Iowa
Ithaca College
James Madison University
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY
Johns Hopkins University
King's College
La Salle University
Lawrence Technological University
Le Moyne College
LIM College
Long Island University, Post
Loyola University Maryland
University of Maine
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Marquette University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
McGill University
Mercy College
Merrimack College
Miami University, Oxford
University of Miami
Middlebury College
Mitchell College
Molloy College
Monmouth University
Mount Saint Mary College
Nassau Community College
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of New Haven
The College of New Jersey
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Niagara University
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
The University of Oklahoma
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh
Providence College
Purdue University
Queens College of the CUNY
Quinnipiac University
Reed College
University of Rhode Island
Rhodes College
Rider University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Leo University
Saint Michael's College
Saint Peter's University
Salve Regina University
The University of Scranton
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
Siena College
University of South Carolina
Springfield College
St. Bonaventure University
St. John's University - Queens Campus
St. Joseph's College – Long Island Campus
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at New Paltz
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
SUNY Alfred State College
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College at Oneonta
SUNY College at Potsdam
SUNY Delhi
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Maritime College
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
The University of Tampa
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Culinary Institute of America - NY
Towson University
Trinity College
United States Naval Academy
University at Buffalo
Utica College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan University
University of Virginia
Washington and Jefferson College
West Virginia University
University of Wisconsin, Madison