Graduation Day at Archbishop Damiano


“I will miss all my teachers, friends and therapists,” Chris Young said when it was his turn to talk. “I feel that you have all become my friends.”

The eight students who make up the Class of 2019 at Archbishop Damiano School, Westville Grove, are pictured at their commencement ceremony on June 13.

Chris was one of eight who graduated from Archbishop Damiano School in Westville Grove on June 13.

Archbishop Damiano School services over 150 students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. Students are referred from over 50 different school districts throughout central and southern New Jersey. Educational programming is divided into three broad levels: Early Childhood Program, Elementary and Middle School, Secondary Program.

The message: Grad Diva —– Photos by Alan M. Dumoff

Also graduating with Chris were Eric Hayes, Abigail Arma, Chelsea DiTonno, Oswin Conde, Julia Kutz, Calab Ninan and Orain Baugh.

Julia Kutz holds up her diploma.

Each of the graduates had a message for those who had come to celebrate with them that day. Oswin Conde said his favorite memories were the school trips and talking with his friends.

“One word for ADS: Spectacular!” he said.

He added, “Gracias, Mama.”