The theme for the graduating class of 2020 at St. Jerome’s Catholic School was, ‘High Hopes,’ and dignitaries, staff and fellow students shared just that for one another.
Celebrating their COVID-19 style graduation on August 28, graduates shone, lining the bleachers in all their grandeur.
Graduates received congratulations from Alan Rogan on behalf of the school board, and by videos from Mayor Caroline McAuley, MLA Garth Rowswell, and MP Shannon Stubbs.
“Best wishes as you each make your mark on the world,” said Stubbs.
Principal, Allan Chase said, “You had every reason to be bitter, and you always kept smiling. Work hard and look after each other and your community. Laugh when you can, cry when you have to, and put your trust in God. It has been my distinct privilege to be your principal, and remember – once a Spartan, always a Spartan.”
Father Roger was this year’s guest speaker and encouraged the graduates to search out virtues such as magnanimity and humility.
He also suggested they surround themselves with others who build them up and challenge them to be better.
“You give me a lot of hope for the future. Be courageous, be bold, dream big, strive for greatness, build up those around you, and make our world a better place,” said Roger.
Valedictorian, Sean Ulrich said, “St. Jerome’s has left a permanent mark on all of us. Being a Spartan is a way of life. You have taught us to work hard and to step out of our comfort zone. Thank you to the staff and parents for your support and being here to celebrate with us. I will miss all of my classmates who made school memories so special. I have high hopes for all of you.”
Ulrich was also the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal and the Spirit of St. Jerome’s Award.
2020 Graduates then took part in a candle ceremony and received their certificates.
A celebratory cap toss finished off the afternoon and allowed the graduates to share one last experience commemorating their time together at St. Jerome’s School.