In the Spring of 2016, the Newman Chapter of the Cum Laude Society was established at Oratory Prep and shortly thereafter inducted a number of Charter Members representing Oratory Prep alumni, faculty, and staff plus our first student members from the Class of 2017.
"The Cum Laude Society embodies Oratory Prep's commitment to our student's quest for Academic Excellence, Justice, and Honor" explained Dr. Lee Sherry, a Charter Member at Oratory and a member of the Cum Laude Society since 1999. Dr. Sherry added that he finds a meaningful parallel between ideals of the Society and the Oratory School Belief Statement which identifies our students as living witnesses to the belief that honesty and integrity are hallmarks of who we are.
Students are selected for membership based on their cumulative academic record with no more than 10 percent of a class chosen during the junior year. Members from the Class of 2018 include Addison Drone, Ian Ellmer, Peter Finn, Patrick Heffernan, Jack Munro, Isaac Russell, Luca Santarella, Frederick Tang, Michael Wandel, Liam Watkins.
Charter Members include Mrs. Elizabeth Acquadro, Mr. Bob Costello, Mrs. Donna Derise, Mr. Jack Horan, Mr. Frank Kearns, Mrs. Kacie Krause, Mrs. Cathy Marshall, Mr. William McCrystal, Mr. Owen McGowan, Dr. Lee Sherry, and Christopher Geissler, Class of 2009.