On Friday, May 14, Archbishop Shaw High School held its annual Baccalaureate Mass on campus in the school gymnasium. This beautiful event was attended by the school's faculty and staff, the Class of 2021 students, and four members of the graduates' families.
The celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Lou Molinelli, SDB who served as both the director and principal during the 2020-2021 school year. Fr. Lou praised the Class of 2021 for adapting to the challenges created by the pandemic. He said the class persevered to become true examples of young men who have grown physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually during these formative years.
The following day, Archbishop Shaw held its graduation ceremony on campus in its multi-purpose Joe Zimmerman Stadium. Along with assistant principal Mr. Nicholas N. Marchese '05, Fr. Lou handed out the diplomas and esteemed awards. The gorgeous weather assisted in making this incredible event memorable for the Class of 2021 graduates and their families and friends who attended.
On Saturday, June 5, Salesian High School held its 97th graduation commencement. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the school's young men, who have worked so hard for this moment especially in the face of a pandemic. Congratulations to all graduating in the class of 2021!
On Friday, June 4, Don Bosco Prep held its senior dinner in the gymnasium on campus. Commencement took place the following day outdoors on the track field. Two days later, the community gathered to honor and thank Fr. Jim Heuser for his 11 years of service to the Prep.
The end of the academic year for Le Salésien in Quebec is somewhat different from American customs. The school year normally ends around June 23 with the final exams, just before the feast of St. John the Baptist and National Day in Quebec. High school graduates end their year with the bal des finissants (prom), an evening that takes place in a nearby hotel. Parents lead their child dressed in a suit or ball gown and a grand dinner is organized followed by an evening of dancing.
The graduation ceremony takes place in November with great decorum in the school auditorium. The parents are present and Fr. Alain, after a short speech, will bless the young people and their parents. A duplicate of their diploma is given along with the souvenir album and an inspiring alumnus who has succeeded in a particular field speaks to them. This former student receives the Pericles Prize. In times of Covid-19, these farewell rituals have been adapted.
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School celebrated its Class of 2021 with a Baccalaureate Mass Wednesday, June 2 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Cardinal Wilton Gregory served as the main celebrant for the Mass, which began at 6:00 pm ET. Commencement took place the following day at 4:00 pm ET and was also held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School celebrated its second graduating class with a commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 5, on campus in the Mary Help of Christians Gymnasium.
There were 33 students in the second graduating class. Moreover, 100 percent of the graduates were accepted into 60 colleges and universities across the United States, earning $2.3 million in scholarships. Graduates are going on to St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN), Florida Gulf Coast University, St. Leo University, Southeastern University, and the University of South Florida, to name a few. Congrats to the Class of 2021!