When Cornelia Connelly School held its graduation ceremonies for 48 young women on June 7, the event also marked the 50th anniversary of Connelly’s first graduating class from 1965. Several alumnae from that class attended the ceremonies.

Kathleen Sprinkles, an alumna from the first graduating class who gave the graduation address, remembered the school opening with just 10 classrooms in two buildings, a faculty consisting of four nuns and one layperson, and daily formal uniforms: a red wool blazer, white blouse, plaid wool skirt, bobby socks and white buck lace-up oxfords.

“There is a spirit here,” said Sprinkles. “You feel it the minute you walk on campus. This is a warm, vibrant school with loving, thoughtful girls full of wonder and fun. That Connelly spirit is alive and well through the passing years.”

More than half of the graduating class of 2015 were awarded merit-based and talent-based scholarships by universities throughout the country.

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