St. Augustine High School celebrates Commencement

St. Augustine High School celebrates Commencement

St. Augustine High School awarded diplomas to 93 young men during its 62nd commencement exercise on May 18, 2016, in the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center.


Stan Verrett, a 1984 graduate and ESPN anchor, delivers commencement address.


Stan Verrett, a St. Augustine graduate of 1984, and anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN Sports Networks, delivered the commencement address.

Oyd Craddock
, president and chief executive officer; the Very Reverend Michael L. Thompson, S.S.J., Superior General, St. Joseph Society; Sean J. Goodwin, principal and Stephen Hunyadi, assistant principal, conferred the diplomas.

Malik Mthunzi-Shaka Gibson,
the student who earned the highest cumulative average during his high school career, delivered the valedictory address.

Gibson, of New Orleans, the son of Malcolm ’87 and Nicole Gibson, earned academic awards in English, theology, social studies, mathematics, and science. He also earned scholarships to Morehouse College, St. John’s University, Xavier University, Dillard University, and the Loyola University President’s Scholarship. A National Honor Society member, Gibson will attend Carleton College on a full scholarship in the fall.


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Malik Gibson, Valedictorian & Purple Knight Award Winner

Jerald James 2016 Sal

Jerald James III, Salutatorian

Jonathan Willard 2016 Sal

Jonathan Willard, Salutatorian












James, of Kenner, is the son of Dr. Jerald James, Jr., ’89 and Davelynn James. He earned scholarships to Washington University in St. Louis and Xavier University of Louisiana. A National Honor Society member, James plans to attend Howard University in the fall.


Willard, of New Orleans, is the son of the Honorable Benedict Willard ’82 and Diane Willard. He earned the St. Joseph Award, Earlham College Cunningham Scholarship, Spring Hill Portier Leader Award, Tuskegee Merit Scholarship, Phi Beta Sigma, University of Tulsa and Wabash College President’s scholarships. A National Honor Society member, Willard plans to attend Howard University in the fall.
The highest honor awarded by St. Augustine High School was bestowed on Malik Gibson. Gibson received the Purple Knight Award, awarded by the high school faculty to the best all-around student who exemplifies the virtues of a St. Augustine Purple Knight. Malik Gibson’s commencement address.

Click here to view the 2016 commencement image gallery. Video courtesy of the film and video crew.

The following students were also ranked in the top 10 of the graduating class: Durrell Andrea Jackson, Jude Anthony Luke II, Colburn Prenell Randel Jr., Blaine Matthew Derbigny, Adonis James Billizon-Johnson, Spencer Louis Villavaso, Rahshaan Malik Nance, and Homer Earvin Robinson Jr.

TOP 10

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