Prelacy News


The Siamanto Academy once again completed the school year with more than two dozen students. This year’s graduates are Areni Chaglasian, of New Jersey, and Hovig Kehian, of St. Stephen’s Saturday School, of Watertown, MA.   

The graduation ceremony was held at the Eastern Prelacy on Saturday, June 3. Mary Gulumian, ANEC director and Siamanto Academy head, presented the graduates. On this opportunity, Areni Chaghlasian, who was present, submitted her graduation work on Armenian architectural landmarks.  

Armenian architecture was one of our favorite subjects at Siamanto,” she said. Our teacher, Shahen Araboghlian, gave us a comprehensive history of the magnificent Armenian architecture.  The Siamanto Academy, she added, was a great way to connect with Armenian youth from different states and to keep in touch with Armenian life and her true roots. I feel very fortunate to have become acquainted with our brilliant lecturers from different parts of the world,” Areni said. I thank Siamanto for giving me this great opportunity. 

Dr. Vartan Matiossian, Prelacy Executive Director and member of the Armenian National Educational Committee, spoke on behalf of ANEC. Margaret Babikian, representative of the ARS Eastern Regional Executive; ANEC members Maria Ebrimian and Maggie Nalbandian (the latter via Zoom); Siamanto teachers Sosy Mishoyan and Talin Giragosian (via Zoom); the Chaglasian family, and Siamanto former student Anahit Indzhigulyan were also on attendance. On behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian, Vicar, offered closing remarks.  

The novelty of this year was the beautiful medal graduating students will receive henceforward. Since 2020, the Siamanto audience has moved online and is open to youth in the Eastern United States. The next academic year begins on September 16. For enrollment, please write to