Scecina’s Class of 2020 receives diplomas in person during special Commencement

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Valedictorian Bailey Sims gives her address to fellow Class of 2020 members during Commencement on July 16, 2020.


So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects. Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
– Colossians 1:10 (Senior class Bible quote)

Scecina’s Class of 2020 and friends and family celebrated an in-person Commencement on July 16 at the school.

The Commencement had been postponed from the original May 22 date and was carefully planned over the past few months to be in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“I am grateful to the seniors, their parents, and their grandparents for their contributions to Scecina and for the wonderful difference they make in the world,” said Scecina President Joe Therber.

“When future generations look back upon calendar year 2020, these seniors and their families will be appreciated for their hope and perseverance during the unique and challenging era that we now call ‘COVID.’ Thank you, Class of 2020!”

tweet about graduation

Scecina parent Sean Gallagher tweeted about Scecina’s graduation.

Sean Gallagher, parent of graduate Michael Gallagher and a writer with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis newspaper, tweeted:
“@ScecinaNow Class of 2020 had a great commencement today. Delayed because of the coronavirus, they showed great spirit today, all of them (including my son Michael), true Crusaders!”

Valedictorian Bailey Sims (Butler University) and salutatorian Madison Beriault (LaSalle University) gave their traditional speeches. Each student was acknowledged personally to receive his or her Scecina diploma.

“In light of the pandemic, and our future, I encourage you to test positive in faith, keep distant from doubt, isolate from fear, and, most importantly, trust God through it all,” Bailey said in her speech.

Bailey also received the John J. Henninger Memorial Award for Christian Service. Seniors vote for five nominees and the Scecina staff then votes for one senior.

The Outstanding Senior Girl and Boy Awards, nominated and voted by Scecina staff, went to Alexis Carr (Hanover College) and Elijah Phillips (Marian University).

The Commencement ceremony recording is available for viewing at the link below. Because it’s a live recording, you may have to forward to 10:30 minutes into the video for the start of the Commencement ceremony:

Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem song by Abigail Page ’20: 16:20
Salutatorian introduction and address: 19:00
Valedictorian introduction and address: 22:51
Distribution of diplomas: 59:05

The Class of 2020 members are:

Mark Aaron

Alexander Andrews

David Baker

Jaidon Barnes

Owen Begley

Madison Beriault

Gabriel Black

Michael Black

Alexis Carr

Ashlie Castellanos

Xi Chen

Gabriella Coleman

Carlos Cotzomi

William Curiel

Eduardo Curvo

Symone Daniels

Kaitli Denise

Patrick Denney

Marquis Edwards

Walter Egan

Brandon Escobar

Amie Everhart

Luis Fevrel

Allison Foley

Margaret Fox

Thiago Franco

Michael  Gallagher

Josue Garcia

Donovan Garcia

Stephanie Garcia

Daisy Garcia

Emma Gedig

Margarita Gonzalez

Julian Gonzalez

Wendy Gonzalez

Jeffrey Green III

Chenglin Guo

Donataye Hamilton

Dezirae Harris

Syadarah Haskins

Emmanuel Hernandez

Hunter Howard

Alice  Hughey

Giao Huynh

Lucas Leffler

Eliza Leffler

Tianri Liu

Jodena Livesay

Sarina Long

Christina Machuca

Rachel Martinez

Peyton Mattingly

Courtney Maynard

Thiery McCormick

Julissa Mendez

Monika Nance

Grace Ochoa

Eileen O’Connor

Aleksandr Orange-Miller

Raina Oxlaj-Hayworth

Abigail Page

Isaac Page

Coleman Page

Jullian Patino

Sophia Petrone

Elijah Phillips

Jorge Quintero

Areli Rodriguez

Raul Rostro

Ingrid uiz

Saul Sanchez

Bailey Sims

Campbell Spears

Seth Stillions

Nayeli Torres-Ochoa

Luke Traylor

Robert Trembley

Narely Vasquez

Tie Vo

Max White

Isaiah Wilson

Tyishaun Woods

Mackenzie Woods

Liam Wright

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