The most stirring ovation of the 2019 commencement exercise was reserved for the first African-American valedictorian in the institution’s 119-year history. McGowan advanced with an extensive scholarship at the University of Chicago with the intent to attend law school.
His litany of academic acclaim and rewards included a National Merit Corporate Scholarship, a Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship, the Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship, and the St. Thomas Rev. Albert R. Gaelens, CSB Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge Award.