The annual UC Legacy Breakfast, hosted by the Alumni Office, was celebrated on Sunday November 8, 2020. The Legacy Breakfast honors UC alumni and their son/daughter currently enrolled at UC. For the 2020-2021 school year, Union Catholic boasts of 45 Legacy families, representing 51 UC students. Four of those families can claim both parents as UC alumni. This year we also have three third generation families!
Traditionally held in the school library, this year the event was hosted via Zoom. Prior to the event, each family received a Legacy Brunch Box filled with breakfast snacks and drinks to enjoy during the call. Additionally, each family received a card containing a conversation-prompting question. The parent and student introduced themselves and then each answered their unique UC question. There was much conversation around the favorite food in the cafeteria, various school trips, and favorite UC events. All four members of the UC Administration participated in the Legacy Brunch Zoom session - Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, Principal; Dr. Karen Piasecki ’88, Associate Principal; Mrs. Noreen Korner Andrews, Assistant Principal; Dr. James Reagan ’96, Assistant Principal - to offer their thanks and appreciation for our UC Legacy families.
Alumni College Panels
Each school year, recent UC graduates return to their alma mater to participate in Alumni College Panels. Separate sessions are held for the Junior and Senior classes. The Junior class discussion focuses on topics such as college selection process, application timing and majors. The Senior class session covers acclimation to campus life, time management, building relationships with academic advisors, and more.
This year, the sessions took place as scheduled - Seniors on May 18 and Juniors on June 1 - all via Zoom. Thank you to the many alumni who volunteered their time and shared their insights and guidance.
Congratulations UC Class of 2020
Here is the video of the virtual graduation ceremony. #UCPride
Campus Coffee at Monmouth University
On February 7, 2020, UC Alumni enrolled at Monmouth University were invited to Campus Coffee with members of the UC Administration and staff. Students enjoyed DD coffee/donuts, reconnecting with each other, and those visiting from UC. They each left with a "treat bag." It was a fun time! Perhaps the Campus Coffee tour will be headed to your university soon...
Cabaret Night 2020
On January 10, 2020 the 5th Annual Cabaret Night was held in the UC auditorium. The 90-minute show featured performances by legends of the UC stage, past and present. Tickets were also available to a reception immediately following the show, thus providing a chance for performers, presenters and more than 100 alumni to reconnect while enjoying beer, wine, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert. Net proceeds from Cabaret Night support the UCPAC theater renovation project.
College Alumni Panel for Seniors
On January 10, 2020 the annual College Panel for Seniors was held in the auditorium, as part of College Awareness Day at UC. All faculty and staff have signs posted by their doors indicating which universities they have attended and/or have first-hand knowledge. Students are encouraged to stop in to ask questions. Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to wear logo gear from their college. The main event is a discussion panel comprised of recent UC graduates who share their experiences about choosing a college and getting acclimated to college life. Thanks to the following alumni for sharing their time:
- Thomas Jaworski ‘19 - Monmouth University - Graphic Design
- James McElroy ‘19 - The College of New Jersey - Political Science
- Katie Sheldon ‘15 - St John's University - Pharm D
- Clayton Lee ‘18 - Cornell University - Business/Hotel Administration
- Cameren Dawkins ‘19, - Marymount University - Information Technology
- Rose Petrick ‘17 - York College - Nursing/Education
- Paul Armento ’17 - NJIT - Business Technology
Sister Percylee's Annual Christmas Message
On December 11, 2019, the UC Choir sang, members of the Peer Ministry group offered prayers and petitions, and Sister Percylee shared her message for a joyous and holy Christmas. If you missed the live broadcast, it is archived here:
Tree of Lights & Christmas Concert
On December 5, 2019 the Main Lobby of UC was filled with members of the UC community for the annual Tree of Lights Ceremony. This is a reverent ceremony to remember loved ones lost this year, and in years past. Attendees pre-purchased paper doves designed by UC art students, bearing the names of passed friends and family members. Those names were read aloud during the ceremony, and families were then invited to take their doves home to place on their family trees. Following the ceremony, participants strolled to the auditorium for the Christmas concert, featuring musical performances by UC students. The evening concluded with snacks in the cafeteria. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!
Veteran's Day Ceremony
On Monday November 11, 2019, the student-led Hearts for Heroes Club hosted a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at school. The event is held annually and is open to anyone who feels patriotic and wants to celebrate America's veterans. The names of all 123 UC military alumni were included in the program and were displayed on a poster, which will be prominently located in the Main Lobby throughout the month of November. This year, we welcomed many UC Alumni Veterans home to their alma mater; it was a great day. The ceremony includes prayers and reflections about our service members. In addition, the wonderful voices of members of the UC Performing Arts Company led the attendees in a medley of the military anthems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, it is available for viewing via UC Livestream on your computer or cell phone. https://livestream.com/unioncatholichs/events/8890943
There is no greater tribute to Union Catholic High School than when an alumna or alumnus chooses to send their child to their alma mater. Union Catholic takes immense pride in educating generations of UC families. To celebrate this special distinction, UC hosts an annual Legacy Breakfast. This year's event was held in the school library on Wednesday October 9. In the 2019-2020 school year, UC boasts of 41 current Legacy families representing 46 current students. #TraditionMeetsTomorrow
UC Hall of Fame
On Saturday, September 21, 2019 the Induction Ceremony was held for the UC Hall of Fame Class of 2019; photos will follow. A special congratulations to those Alumni who were inducted. If you would like to make a donation in honor of a classmate or friend, the money will support the Hall of Fame Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Click here to make a donation:
Click here to read more about the Union Catholic Hall of Fame.
UC Day at Monmouth Park
On Sunday July 28, 2019 more than 50 members of the UC Community shared a sunny, fun-filled day at Monmouth Park Racetrack. The attendees enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, corn-on-the-cob, salads, and watermelon, while betting on the races. There were also UC give-aways and raffle prizes. Union Catholic sponsored the sixth race; check out the photo of Sister Percylee with five UC alumni in the Winner's Circle, awarding the trophy to the winning jockey.