Organ music filled the cathedral as St. Joseph Catholic High School’s graduating class of 2013 walked down the aisle toward their future on Friday night.
The five seniors who received their diplomas were the final graduating class for the private high school and many attendees felt mixed emotions that Father Frank DuPreez described in his invocation as “bittersweet.”
The ceremonies began with a welcome from senior class president Christopher Taylor. He took a moment to thank everyone for their love and support. Valedictorian Zoheb Yunus used his speech to talk about each of his classmates individually, describing their strengths and personalities. He addressed family, friends and faculty by saying, “We couldn’t have made it here without your encouragement and support.” Yunus spoke of high school as a chapter in the lives of the class and said, “The rest of the book is yet to come.”
Salutatorian Randy Whiteside, Jr. talked with fondness about his high school career, saying, “It has given us the tools for achieving success in life.” Whiteside says he is “excited to see what the future holds.”
Alexandra Pritchett, the school’s principal, told the parents, students and faculty in attendance that, “This has been the best year in my career as an educator.”
School board president Mary Lensing, former principal of the high school, was the guest speaker for the commencement. She began to tear up as she spoke of being principal for the first graduating class 12 years ago. Lensing said she told the first class they were “the Alpha, the beginning of many students that would follow.” Friday, she told the class of 2013 that they were the Omega, the ending of an era.
Graduates honored in Friday night’s commencement ceremonies were Zoheb Yunus, Randy Whiteside Jr., Nicholas Brown, Christopher Taylor and Patrick Wauters.