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  • Sisters Celebrate Jubilee, Prepare for Move Off Campus

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    Dear Friends,

    We had the most wonderful celebration here on campus May 5-6 as we hosted events marking the close of Carondelet High School’s 50th jubilee year.

    Thursday, in particular, was one of the most moving and magical celebrations I have ever been blessed to be a part of. Nearly 40 CSJs from the Bay Area as well as from Los Angeles and around the state joined us on campus to celebrate mass together, to reflect on the amazing milestones of the school, and to pay tribute to the sisters and lay leaders, faculty and staff who have made remarkable things happen for the more than 9,000 women who have come through Carondelet’s doors. We shared dinner and memories and a renewed spirit for our committed partnership as we continue the work ahead of us.

    Over the course of two days, we welcomed all the living past and present school principals and presidents to campus, giving us the opportunity to commemorate the unique roles each and every one of them has played in the life of the school. And we had alumnae on campus – many from the early days and so many who have never been on campus since they graduated – including our 2016 Alumna of the Year, Debrenia Madison-Smith ’73. It truly was a special time for our community.

    It was also an especially emotional and poignant time as this series of jubilee events provided a celebratory backdrop for our school community to say “thank you” and “God speed” to Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy who had recently announced their decision to move from our campus convent before summer.

    For two cherished and valiant women who never wanted the spotlight on them and all that they have done for this school, the 50th celebration provided the perfect venue to surround Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy with the love and respect we carry for them in our hearts.

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  • Congratulations to Our 2016 Graduates!

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    On May 22, we celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016. This beautiful ceremony brought together family, friends, faculty and staff to recognize all that our graduates have accomplished. We hope that Carondelet will hold a special place in their hearts as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We are so proud of them, and hope that their spirit of sisterhood continues through their membership in the Alumnae Association.

    Check out our Facebook page to see our graduation photo album and exciting videos.

  • Alumna of the Year Debrenia Madison-Smith '73

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    This year, the Alumnae Board chose Debrenia Madison-Smith '73 as the Alumna of the Year. She has become very accomplished since her time as Carondelet's ASB president. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and received her law degree from Georgetown University. Then she went on to become a lawyer and fight for social justice.

    Over the years she has served in a variety of capacities both professionally and through her charitable work. She worked as in-house for the San Francisco Housing Authority, served as Dean for New College Law School, and she sits on the advisory committee of the nonprofit Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay.

    She has traveled the world and she says Carondelet prepared her to achieve some of her life's greatest accomplishments.

    During our 50th Anniversary celebration, Debrenia expressed how her positive experience at Carondelet shaped her life. Above all, she credits the values that were instilled in her during her time here. "We need to do whatever we can to let other people experience the kind of support, the kind of faith, the kind of love that we had when we were in high school and that's what I try to do," she said.

  • Lost Alumnae from '76, '86, '96, '06

    Did you move and forget to tell us? In preparation for the reunions of the classes of 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006, we want to make sure we have updated contact information for our lost alumnae from these four classes. Please submit updated information by clicking the link in the “Update Info” box to the left.

    Are you or your friends on our lost alumnae list? Click here to find out.

    In Memoriam: We have received word of the passing of the following alumnae from these two classes.

  • Calling All Graduates from the Classes of 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 & 2011!

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    Your class reunion is just around the corner! Carondelet and De La Salle are working closely together to organize fun and memorable reunions for our alum. To make these events extra-special and personal, we need your help!

    By becoming a member of your class reunion planning committee, you can help build enthusiasm, develop fun activities (like creating photo/memory boards), raise funds for your class reunion gift, meet new friends and reacquaint yourself with classmates, all while having a great time.

    We understand that you lead a busy life and planning a major event like a reunion can be both exciting and overwhelming. A team effort among the two schools and these planning committees will help increase communication, ensure the events are organized, and result in the best of celebrations.

    If you are interested in joining a reunion planning committee, or if you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Ortega, Director of Communications, 925.686.5353 x190 or

  • The Carondelet Connection - Our Students Want to Connect with YOU!

    We are launching a new initiative to connect current students to you - our accomplished alumnae! Introducing The Carondelet Connection - a private database that houses information about where you went to college, what you studied, what jobs you've had, hobbies, your professional expertise and in what ways you would be available to connect with current students who are interested in your industry.

    Our Center for Student Success (formerly the College and Career Center) will oversee this database and tap into it when students want to connect with an alum who is doing (or has done) the very thing that our students dream of pursuing - whatever that may be!

    We know that our alumnae would be amazing mentors and we encourage you to sign up and share your stories and advice. To get involved, please complete this online form. We appreciate your support!

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Sisterhood

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    On Sept. 9, we marked 50 years on Winton Drive at an all-school assembly with guests of honor that included Concord Mayor Tim Grayson, many CSJ's and three wonderful alumnae from the first graduating class of 1969! During our commemoration ceremony, Pat Brighton, Kathleen O'Connell and Joan McNamee Baker were interviewed by current seniors, Maddy Duncan and Meredith Happy about what it was like in the first years at Carondelet High School.

    It was a phenomenal opportunity for our students to hear about how much has changed and at the same time, that some things about life at Carondelet are universal, like the strong bonds of sisterhood, excellent college-prep education, and our fierce sports teams!

    A special thank you to Mayor Grayson and Concord's City Council, for declaring Sept. 9, 2015, Carondelet High School Day! What a way to kick-off our 50th year! Our anniversary was even covered by the Contra Costa Times, twice! Carondelet, De La Salle celebrate 50th anniversaries and Good Neighbors.

  • Walk Down Memory Lane

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    Carondelet's 50th Anniversary is here and we need your help. Do you have photos or memorabilia from your days at Carondelet? We are looking for all types of items including pictures, programs, clothing (uniforms, sports uniforms, jackets), and any logo merchandise.

    Please email photos to or mail them to Alumnae, 1133 Winton Dr, Concord, CA 94518.

Grand Reunion 2015

September 11-13, Carondelet and De La Salle welcomed the classes of '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, 2000 and 2005 back to campus for a three-day Grand Reunion.
Following a special all-alumnae lunch at Carondelet on Friday and a super-spirited student rally, De La Salle hosted a "Friday Night Lights" football game and blew out Servite High School 52-15. On Saturday, alumni from both schools enjoyed dinner and dancing in the Garaventa Center. We wrapped up this fun-filled weekend by celebrating Mass together in the Brothers' Chapel and had a family BBQ at Carondelet, complete with a bouncy house for future Cougars and Spartans.

We loved having our alumnae come back to campus to reminisce about their time here and share stories about what it was like on Winton Drive over the decades. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to celebrate our 50th year!

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Events Calendar


Class of 1986 30-Year Reunion

Scott's Seafood Restaurant
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Class of 2006 10-Year Reunion

1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Class of 1976 40-Year Reunion

Scott's Seafood Restaurant
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Class of 1996 20-Year Reunion

Scott's Seafood Restaurant
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Class of 2006 - 5 Year Reunion