Seniors from Montini Catholic's Class of 2020 took part in a unique graduation on Friday, July 17th, while celebrating the Lasallian high school's 51st Commencement ceremony and crossing over from Bronco student to alumni.
With an elaborate stage set up outdoors, Bronco families were greeted one by one in the unique 'Drive Through' celebration. Prior to the event, seniors were asked to schedule their time to receive their diploma. They also received well wishes from Montini faculty and staff members who were there all day to congratulate each senior. (The first graduate crossed the stage at 1:30 PM and the last was at approximately 7 PM.) Students also received a graduation program and keepsake 'ticket' commemorating their day and were asked to sign a special poster to be hung in the school to memorialize what will go down as a historic graduation (due to statewide regulations regarding large gatherings in response to Covid 19).
"It was a very special day," said President Jim Segredo. "We tirelessly went over every graduation scenario we could think of to make the best of this unique situation for our graduates. We truly wanted to make this a memorable day for them."
Videos and photographs were posted on the school's social media throughout the day as parents and families shared their well wishes to one another. "So many tears of joy and gratitude for our beloved Montini," said Montini alumna Catherine Murphy Peska '86 who's son, Ethan received his diploma. "Thank you for doing all you did to make this graduation day so special for our Seniors! I am proud that my son is now a Montini alum like his mom!"
"It truly was a great day to be a Bronco!" said Mr. Segredo. "As we congratulate the graduates of the Class of 2020, we also want to recognize their outstanding families. Our seniors have accomplished so much over these last four years and it would not have been possible without the love, support, and encouragement from parents and families. On behalf of Montini Catholic faculty and staff, I want to thank all of the families and loved ones who have helped these graduates along the way."
In addition to the drive-through graduation, Montini Catholic is in the process of producing a digital keepsake which will include photos and congratulatory speeches and well wishes from President Segredo and Principal Kevin Beirne. Valedictorian, Tess Noonan, was also asked to record her speech to her fellow classmates.