Graduation day for the 2021 senior class began at 9:00 a.m. with a Solemn High Baccalaurate Mass. Following the Mass, the graduates marched to their places near the stage and prepared to receive their diplomas.
Fr. Dominique Bourmaud first delivered the Commencement address, advising the students in approaching the challenges they encounter after graduation, to "ascertain the problem for what it is and, under the light of faith and reason, to come to an informed judgement of the case." Such behavior "squarely faces the issue and falls neither in puritanism nor in laxity. It concludes in a prudential decision which is adapted to circumstances and risks. It is solidly built around the backbone of the unchanging principles of human action. At the same time, it is flexible and adaptable without breaking because it adapts the principles to the varied circumstances on hand."
Miss Elizabeth Pfeiffer gave the salutatorian address, looking back on the incredible obstacles the school and its families had to overcome to make it to the end of her 13 years at OLHCA.
Valedictorian Mr. Aaron Beattie described with gratitude and sincerity what the school had given him over the years he had attended. He encouraged his classmates to take those gifts into their life beyond graduation.
On Sunday, the graduates celebrated with school and parish families at the VFW Hall in Bennett and the adjacent Trupp Park. This was indeed a fitting location, as the VFW Hall was the temporary home to the school when St. Isidore's first became a priory back in 2009.
Congratulations to all! We hope you visit your Alma Mater often!