Class of 2014 Celebrates Commencement

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School celebrates its Commencement ceremony Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 29 at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Graduating first in her class is Claire Meyers (St. Christopher, Washington and Lee University) followed by Salutatorian Thomas Weckesser (St. Albert the Great, University of Dayton).

In addition to the top students, the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne annually recognize three seniors who best exemplify the three elements of the school’s mission — commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit. Matthew Dudon received the Founder’s Award for demonstrating on a daily basis the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Chaminade. Abigail Lisjak received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity. For best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Lauren Mathile was awarded the Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980.


  • Nearly $6 million awarded in scholarships to the class of 137 students.
  • Over 10,047 service hours were contributed during their four years at CJ with 32 seniors volunteering over 100 hours, including Jordan Stemple who contributed over 645 hours in her four years.
  • 18 student athletes signed to play sports for a college or university.
  • 2 graduates received the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship award; they are Conor Hickey and Rachel Strahorn.
  • 2 graduates received the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award; they are Kelsey Dufresne and Thomas Weckesser.
  • 2 graduates received the NFHS National Award of Excellence certificate; they are Keiley Ayers and Lyle Plummer.
  • 1 graduate received the OHSAA Courageous Student Award; he is James Schwendeman.
  • 1 graduate was named to the Greater Cincinnati Academic League (GCAL) All Academic 1st Team; he is Nick Dalton.
  • 22 graduates served as Kairos retreat leaders.
  • 53 graduates are members of the National Honor Society.
  • 30 graduates are Presidential Academic Award Recipients.
  • 19 graduates are Presidential Achievement Award Recipients.

This year's graduates will be attending 46 colleges and universities, with a majority of the graduates attending colleges and universities in Ohio including the University of Dayton, Bowling Green State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Graduates will also be attending post-secondary institutions across the nation including Bucknell University, Canisius College, John Carroll University, Marquette University, New York University (Abu Dhabi), Purdue University, Saint Mary’s College and Virginia Tech. Two graduates will join the Army National Guard, two received appointments from the United States Air Force Academy, and one received an appointment from the United States Naval Academy.

Chaminade Julienne is pleased to announce Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will present this year’s Commencement Address. A native of Cincinnati and graduate of LaSalle High School, Bishop Binzer was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on June 4, 1994. He was named Vicar General of the Archdiocese in June 2007 and Auxiliary Bishop in 2011.

Twenty-four student athletes graduating in the class of 2014 earned varsity letters in a particular sport during all four years at CJ.

Congratulations and GO EAGLES!