Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, the auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia who oversees Catholic education in the archdiocese, celebrated a Liturgy of the Word preceding the 39th Annual Academic Honors Convocation May 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The event honored graduating seniors from 33 archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools for their academic excellence.

The students, who are ranked in the top 3 percent of their senior class, were recognized for their academic success and dedication to their studies. This year the group included 157 students according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year. (Photos by Sarah Webb)