The morning rain did not dampen spirits at Oldenburg Academy’s graduation June 8.
As the 33 seniors proceeded into the Sisters of St. Francis Chapel, Oldenburg, for the last time as a class, they were greeted by camera flashes, smiles and a few tears from family and friends.
During the graduation Mass, members of the Class of 2014 participated as lectors, cantors and gift bearers.
In her welcome address, President Diane Laake pointed out, “These past four years have been an incredible journey for these young men and women. As the smallest class to graduate from the academy in some time, they were unfazed by that fact. Actually, they used it to their advantage to grow closer together, to be able to support one another in all of the opportunities and challenges they experienced through the years and be justly proud of the ‘small but mighty’ motto that signified their every moment and action.”
In his homily, the Rev. John Meyer, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greensburg, pastor, stressed, “God has given you wisdom ... and good judgment. You have all adopted each other through thick and thin .... It’s awesome to celebrate the gift of your achievement.”
In his salutatorian speech, Isaiah Frey announced, “I feel it is my duty to illuminate several things: Firstly to congratulate those before me I happily call classmates and friends who have every right to be proud of where they are standing today and what they have accomplished. Likewise, though, it is my duty to inform them that they have not reached this exalted place alone.
“We should all direct our eyes and hearts both to God, the giver of our talents, and to the men and women who have been the driving force, the supplement of momentum, behind our actions and accomplishments .... It is my pleasure to congratulate the parents, teachers, staff, grandparents, supporters, volunteers and all those who believed in us. Your efforts, your sweat, tears and trials have not gone to waste.”