Spring Concert Headliner Jessie J Sells Out Hart Center

May 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


A sold out crowd packed the Holy Cross Hart Recreation Center for the annual Spring Concert. Pop star Jessie J headlined the concert, performing hits from her most recent album “Sweet Talker.”


During her performance, Jessie J entertained the crowd in a sheer glitter Holy Cross shirt. After the show, Jessie J took to Twitter and Instagram to interact with fans and post a photo from the Holy Cross stage.

Photography by Louie Despres

Students Celebrate Spring Weekend

May 3rd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


From a pig roast to a performance by LA Rapper/R&B Singer Luke Christopher, from the Easy Street Fair to a carnival, students reveled in the spring weather as part of Spring Weekend.


A favorite for many was the HOLI Color Festival, sponsored by Developing and Educating South-Asian Ideologies (DESI), a student multicultural organization. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is a celebration of spring in which participants wear white T-shirts and throw dry colored powder. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. Spring weekend closed with fireworks and a performance by Jessie J at the spring concert.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Rob Tiro ’15 Wins Seat on Wakefield School Committee

April 28th, 2015 by kethier

On Tuesday, April 28 Rob Tiro ’15 won a seat on the Wakefield School Committee. There was a three-way race for two seats and Tiro won by 140 votes. Tiro had many supporters during the election especially members of the Holy Cross community including: Daniel Creme ’15, Joseph Vara ’15, John Milligan ’17, Jonathan Formichella ’15, David Cieremens ’15, Michael Carboni ’18, and many others.

Robbie Tiro

Rob starting election day with a smile and a positive outlook!

victory celebration

Victory is ours! From left to right: John Milligan ’17, Joseph Vara ’15, and winner Rob Tiro ’15, seated is current Wakefield School Committee member Evan Kenney who endorsed Tiro.

Rob's Papa

Public service runs in the family as Tiro’s grandfather Anthony “Chubby” Tiro served on the school committee in Chelsea for over 30 years.



Members of the Class of 2015 Join Together for Rites of Passage Ceremony

April 24th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Members of the class of 2015, joined by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, celebrate together in the annual Rites of Passage Ceremony in Mary Chapel. The religious and cultural ceremony marks the passage of college graduation for students from the African diaspora who have been active in worship life on campus and have served as Multicultural Peer Educators.


Faculty, staff, students and their guests celebrated the milestone together with prayer, a ceremonial passage between mentors and mentees and song.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Class of 2018 Plants Tree in Honor of Arbor Day

April 24th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Associate Chaplain Marty Kelly joins members of the class of 2018 for a ceremonial tree planting. As an incoming class, members of the first-year student body read “Unbowed: A Memoir,” by Wangari Maathai, the story of how a girl from the Central Highlands of Kenya became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa, her numerous run-ins with the brutally repressive Kenyan government and how she came to see planting trees as a way to empower local communities. As a way to conclude the year, Estrella Cibreiro-Couce, dean for the class of 2018, and the class of 2018 officers invited their peers to a ceremonial tree planting on Arbor Day.

Photo by Tom Rettig

‘X’ Marks the Cantor Art Gallery

April 23rd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Photo by Tom Rettig


Caitlin Cantor ’15 installs her work “Pine Box” in the Cantor Art Gallery as part of the Holy Cross Senior Concentration Seminar Art Exhibition  titled “X”. Cantor describes her work as “a spiritual piece dealing with nature and the human connection.”  The annual exhibition features the artwork of graduating seniors who have participated in the Senior Concentration Seminar.


Photo by Rob Carlin

Kim Tu Dam ‘15 poses with her Isolation Series during the opening reception of “X.” The exhibition will be open to the public through May 22.

Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo Kick Off 2015 Academic Conference

April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Venezuelan artist Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo brought verve and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the 2015 Academic Conference opening concert and reception in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Equally well-known in the world of Latin jazz with his Grammy-nominated band La Clave Secreta and classical circles for his collaborations with Osvaldo Golijov, Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau and his Plural Combo bring their own twist to Afro-Cuban classics à la Buena Vista Social Club and Fania All-Stars.


A special appearance by Worcester’s own Manolo Mairena, took the audience through soulful boleros to the high-octane rhythms of salsa and timba.


Faculty, staff and students took to the floor to dance, heeding Grau’s advice that “we play better when you dance!” The event was co-sponsored by Academic Conference and Arts Transcending Borders.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

NROTC Students Recognized at Presidents’ Review

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The midshipmen and Marines of the NROTC unit present themselves in formation to the presidents of the three Worcester institutions in the NROTC consortium: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University and the College of the Holy Cross at the annual Presidents’ Review.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Celebrates Purple Pride Day

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Students on campus celebrate the annual Holy Cross Purple Pride Day. Members of the Purple Key Society decorated the campus in the early hours, sponsored events throughout the day to promote school spirit, and offered giveaways in the Hogan Campus Center.


The celebration capped off with live music on the Hogan Courtyard by Holy Cross student band, Karate in the Garage, and food trucks serving frozen hoagies, pizza, and kettle corn.

Photos by Tom Rettig

‘Libertad’ Concert Takes Holy Cross On A Tour To Argentina

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The College Choir and Chamber Singers perform “Libertad,” a concert that takes audiences on a tour to Argentina. The concert program incorporates the diversity that comes along with choral music from different parts of the world. Featuring music of the Western Hemisphere, primarily focusing on music of the United States and Argentina, the concert centers around the theme of freedom.

Photo by Dan Vaillancourt