Celebrating the Class of 2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023. 

On Saturday, May 13, Xaverian Brothers High School celebrated the Commencement of the Class of 2023 in the school’s varsity gymnasium. Diplomas were conferred to the 164 graduates by Head of School Jacob Conca ’94, Ph.D. and Principal Michael Nicholson, Ed.D. The Class of 2023 is Xaverian’s 57th graduating class. The 164 graduates have enrolled in 84 different colleges and universities, including BC, Catholic University, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Michigan State, Rensselaer, RISD, Stonehill, Tulane, UVM, and Wake Forest. Nineteen graduates have committed to collegiate athletic careers in track and field, golf, baseball, swim, football, and lacrosse. 

Rishabh “Rishu” Nevatia is Xaverian’s Class of 2023 salutatorian. He’s a National Merit® Finalist who is attending Georgetown University. Rishu is also an actor and was an active member of the Walpole Children’s Theater. He was cast as a featured extra in the Hollywood film, “The Holdovers,” and was recently awarded the Best Actor title for his role in “Art Boy,” which was featured in Boston University’s Redstone Film Festival Honors. Rishu is also a star of the Xaverian theater, most recently filling the role of Biff Loman in “Death of a Salesman.” He’s a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and the International Thespian Society. He also served as the captain of the Speech and Debate Team and as an athlete on Xaverian’s ultimate disc team. 

Braden Kennedy is Xaverian’s Class of 2023 valedictorian. He is a National Merit® Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a member of both the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. Braden is an Eagle Scout (Troop 131 - Wrentham) and has served as a National-Level Leadership Instructor for the Boy Scouts. He was captain of the Xaverian robotics team and a four-year member of Xaverian’s math team. He was involved in mock trial and was integral to the revival of the school’s chess team as well. In addition, he has served as an instructor for Schoolhouse World (a Khan Academy affiliate), a position he was offered due to his high standardized test scores. Braden is attending Cornell University.

The highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior at Xaverian is the Xaverian Award. Members of the graduating class, in concert with the faculty and staff, nominate a senior for this special honor and the recipient isn’t revealed until the graduation ceremony. The Xaverian Award recipient must have distinguished himself by living the mission and core values associated with the school, including humility, trust, simplicity, compassion, and zeal. The Class of 2023 Xaverian Award winner is Joseph Di Martino. Dr. Conca said that Joe “epitomizes all that it means to be a Xaverian hawk.” He added, “Joe is dedicated to personal excellence while simultaneously being committed to his fellow students and community. In both word and action, he brings his best self to every situation and thereby positively enhances the lives of those in his midst.”

Joe served as president of the student council and was instrumental in driving school spirit and participation this year. He was a four-year member of the Xaverian hockey program and served as the 2023 varsity hockey captain. He earned the nickname “Playoff Joe” for the goals he scored to help the team secure a spot in the 2023 Division 1 state finals. He was also active in the campus ministry program through retreats, SpiritHawk, and participation in the Christian Senior Service program. Joe is attending High Point University.

Describing the Class of 2023, Dr. Conca called them among the very best he has seen in nearly two decades as a school administrator. He said, “Not only are they committed to academic inquiry, they are also deeply committed to enhancing the world in which we live. I look forward to watching each of them do great things in the years to come.”


American University
Assumption University
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Clemson University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
Cornell University
Curry College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Florida State University
Framingham State University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Harvard University
High Point University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Lynn University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Miami University (Oxford)
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
Pace University (Westchester)
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University (Main Campus)
Randolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Salve Regina University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
The University of Alabama
The University of Findlay
The University of Tampa
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Arizona
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Maryland (College Park)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
University of Massachusetts (Boston)
University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth)
University of Massachusetts (Lowell)
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire (Main Campus)
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Scranton
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
West Virginia University
Western New England University
Wheaton College - MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Lucas Almeida, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Mike Larmond, Pace University
Jayvens Lebrun, Salve Regina University
Jon Mould, Harvard University
Jason Vonhandorf, UMass Dartmouth 
Nathan Young, Plymouth State University
Patrick Kiernan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ryan Scollins, College of the Holy Cross

Swim and Dive
Thomas Hagar, University of Alabama

Cam Grindle, University of Pittsburgh
Josh Gauvain, University of Findlay
Michael Oates, University of Connecticut
Danny Powers, Roger Williams University
Jack Tubman, Roger Williams University
Braden Young, Wheaton College
Dylan Benoit, Assumption
Will Pesanelli, Boston University

Track and Field
Anthony DeGloria, Saint Anselm College
Warren Gillis, Catholic University (Football/Track)

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