Teachers pinned boutonnieres on the seniors, photos were taken, words between students and teachers were shared and the Class of 2017 lined up for their commencement exercises at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. They walked into the crowded cathedral in front of members of the Class of 1967 who were celebrating their 50th Reunion since graduation. The Faculty followed and took their places in the sanctuary. Mr. Dziedzic called the assembly to order and Ms. Caroline Kogler, Class of 2017 Co-moderator, proclaimed the opening prayer.
The President of Siena College in New York, Brother Ed Coughlin OFM, took the podium for the commencement address. His experience in formation and education shone through his words, about a very simple legacy handed down to the Friars from St. Francis - "peace and good." A simple phrase, "peace and good" speaks not only about our way of being in the world, but our goals for the world. Those assembled thanked Brother Ed with a rousing ovation.
The graduates then filed up to Fr. Donald and Mr. Kohler to receive their diplomas. The following special awards were then presented.
Ideal Curley Man of the Year - Matthew C. Scheffel
School Spirit - James F. Duffy
School Service - Quincy D. Richburg
St. Alphonsus Scholastic (Highest QPA 4 years) - Delondrae D. Carter
St. Francis Scholastic (2nd highest QPA 4 years) - Matthew C. Scheffel
After remarks from Fr. Donald, the Class of 2017 and all alumni present, stood to sing the Alma Mater.
Fr. Matt led the community in a benedicition service, then the graduates walked out to the faculty receiving line. Thank you's were extended, "welcome to the alumni" greetings were spoken and the Class of 2017 left their last official event as Curley students. They were now Curley gradueates.