The 67th graduating class of Judge Memorial Catholic High School celebrated its commencement Sunday afternoon with a baccalaureate Mass and a ceremony that highlighted friendships, achievement and anticipation of future challenges.
Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at Symphony Hall to honor the 187 graduating seniors, who have been awarded a combined $1.7 million in college scholarships and grants.Sister M. Genevra Rolf, superintendent of Catholic schools, told the graduates that their diploma is a "passport to bigger and better things." She asked the students to remember their origins: "Your family, your faith, Judge Memorial High School."
And she encouraged them to "act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with God and come home often."
Commencement salutatorian Nathan Etter said the class of '91 possessed a special "spirit of unity" that helped guide it along its journey through high school. He credited the faculty, family and "most of all, friends" for encouraging him and the other graduates to do their best.
In an emotion-filled presentation, valedictorian Andrea Morris said she began her journey at Judge with singleminded purpose of excelling in academics. "After my first year, I realized that what I needed most was friends," she said.
Although she received more awards and honors for excellence than any other graduate, Morris said studies were not enough for her.
"No one can make it out there alone. The most important thing I learned at Judge is that we all stick together as a family," Morris said. "With God, with our family, we can go out into the world and be the best."
The school's "Christ the King Award," which is presented each year to the graduating seniors who most exemplify the fullfilment of Judge Memorial's high academic and social standards, were presented to Gina Marie Furano and Timothy Kieran Clark.
The red- and white-gowned graduates were presented by school principal John H. McGean, and diplomas were conferred by The Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese.
Number of graduates: 187
Location: 650 S. 1100 East
Salutatorian: Nathan Etter
Valedictorian: Andrea Morris