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Congratulations, Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! They have finished the race; they have kept the faith.

The Class of 2017 has racked up impressive accomplishments in the classroom, in athletics and in clubs and other co-curricular activities. They have discovered opportunities at Scecina that have pushed them to be the best versions of themselves that God envisions.

This year’s graduating class of 102 students has been awarded $11 million in college scholarships. Students have been accepted at our finest institutes of higher learning, including the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Notre Dame, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Holy Cross and Xavier, Indiana and Purdue, Hanover and Wabash and DePauw. Several received direct admission into the specialty schools of their choice such as IU’s Kelley School of Business.

Next week we set aside time to celebrate these accomplishments. Senior Awards Day takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 24. The seniors will be dressed in their caps and gowns. We will recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2017, including department and athletic honors. We also will announce the finalists for the John J. Henninger Award for Christian Service, one of our highest honors for a graduating senior. We also have some underclassmen scholarships to announce. Family and friends of all students are welcome.

Baccalaureate is always a special moment as the class gathers for one last Mass together. This year’s Mass takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday May 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington Street. Father Richard M. Ginther, pastor at Lourdes, will be the main celebrant and several other East Deanery priests also will preside. The Henninger Award winner also is announced during Baccalaureate.

Students will receive their diplomas during Scecina’s 61st Commencement at 7 p.m. Friday May 26 in the gymnasium. Our special guest is Annette “Mickey” Lentz, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. You will need tickets for this event.

Our East Deanery priests have given a special blessing for the Scecina Memorial High School Class of 2017, and I want to share that with you now:

Lord God, You are our Shepherd and Lord. Bless Our Graduates with Wisdom, Courage and Profound Trust in Your Guiding Voice. These seniors now go out into the world as Scecina alumni. We pray they continue to discover and take advantage of all the opportunities before them.


Joe Therber