Lake Michigan Catholic’s 50th Commencement


Katie Wertheimer

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC- Friday, May 31, Lake Michigan Catholic said goodbye to the 17 students who made up the class of 2019, the 50th graduating class at LMC. The night was filled with laughter and tears as the school sent off another round of seniors into the world.

The evening began with a procession of teachers and the graduates, who were played in by the LMCHS band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”,  a composition of Edward Elgar, led by Band director, Joe Jarvie. The processional was followed by Father Robert Creagan who welcomed everyone with an opening prayer.

Next, Joe Schmidt, Principal of LMC’s Middle and High School, spoke on behalf of the school and shared memories of each senior in a touching display of admiration towards the growth each senior displayed. After Mr. Schmidt welcomed all, this year’s Keynote Speaker, Fr. Jim Morris, offered advice to the seniors with a speech which showcased a major theme of embracing the unknowns in life.

After the wise words of Fr. Morris, Robert Tubman and Caroline McLoughlin were introduced to give the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Address. Their speech was very creative and humorous filled with puns revolving around Disney movies.

McLoughlin was very proud to represent her class and grateful to be apart of the Laker Family.

“ I wanted to make the speech short and sweet to start, but then I came up with the Disney Lyric idea and everything fell into place. Graduation was wonderful and I have cherished my time at LMC”

Next, Fr. Creagan came back to introduce this year’s Laker of the Year, Monsignor Sears, a patron who is known for his tuition assistant fund of St. Joe. This award is given every year for a member of LMC who displays the school’s core values.

After the award was given, the senior band members joined their peers to perform one last time. They played the song “River of Life” by Steven Reineke where each senior Musician’s talents were displayed.

It was then time for the Presentation of the Graduates where the Senior’s were awarded with diplomas before the final Benediction and Recessional. The successful night was filled with emotions as the school said “farewell” to another class.