St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater celebrated commencement of 35 eighth graders with a special Mass and reception June 4, celebrated by a past graduate of the school.
The Reverend Peter Williams, a 1990 graduate of the kindergarten through eight-grade Catholic school, celebrated the Mass. School Principal Sister Mary Juliana Cox, O.P., noted during her address that the graduates proved themselves to be selfless, responsible and virtuous.
"These young people are prepared to follow Christ and be His Face for the world," she said. "It has been my honor to work with these fine young men and women, and it is a privilege for the school to call them alumni."
Awards were presented to graduates for highest grade point average, outstanding patriotism and leadership and the top three winners of an eighth-grade essay contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Solanus Casey Council No. 1632.
The theme of the eight-grade essay contest was "The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society." The school’s religion, history and English teachers worked collaboratively on the project to provide students a multi-disciplinary perspective to the challenge.