With a torrential rain producing what one observer described as the sound of angel’s wings beating, 33 seniors from St. Cecilia High School made their final procession together Sunday as classmates at the school’s 79th commencement exercise at Frances Consbruck Chapman Gymnasium.
The emotional ceremony produced a fair amount of eye moisture indoors, too, as Principal the Rev. Lee T Jirovsky noted before handing out diplomas to the highly decorated class.
Highlights included a video presentation featuring then and now photos of all the students and the handing out of roses by students to their mothers.
The Rev. Monsignor John Perkinton, diocesan superintendent of schools, delivered the keynote address, with additional encouragement from Hastings Catholic Schools Superintendent the Rev. Tom Brouillette and Principal the Rev. Lee Jirovsky.
More than $2 million dollars in scholarships were awarded to the outgoing senior class, a feat salutatorian Mary Theresa Wahlmeir heralded as nothing less than monumental during her address.
“It’s a wonderful name we’ve made for ourselves,” she said.