Celebrating the Class of 2021

A year after COVID-19 forced educators to switch high school commencements into virtual events, the Class of 2021 is celebrating in style and in-person, although with limited attendance.

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“We’re thankful to our seniors for stepping up in a trying year,” said John Benzing, assistant principal at North Catholic High School. “They will leave here ready to tackle the challenges of the world and will represent North Catholic well.”

Instead of a prom, the senior class is planning a dinner cruise on a Gateway Clipper ship on Thurs. May 27.

Central Catholic High School seniors say their prom will be held at outside and indoors on Fri. May 14. Carnival and casino games will be set up in the school parking lot, along with three food trucks. A DJ will be playing music inside the gym.

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement for Central Catholic will be held as one ceremony on campus Tues. May 25. “We are excited that we have the opportunity to do something special for this senior class who, with great patience and perseverance, weathered the storms of COVID-19,” Brother Tony Baginski, principal, wrote in a letter to parents.

Oakland Catholic High School will hold its Baccalaureate Mass on Mon. May 24, with Commencement scheduled two days later. Seniors have garnered a record $30.5 million in college scholarships, said president Mary Claire Kasunic.

Oakland Catholic seniors are all smiles. (file photo)

Graduating seniors from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School will receive their diplomas on Sun. June 6 at Saints John and Paul Church in Franklin Park. The class is heading to 34 different colleges, three branches of the military and one trade union.

The 105th graduating class of Saint Joseph High School will celebrate on Friday, May 28. The school year was extra special in that 1984 graduate Larry Kulick was ordained Bishop of Greensburg.

Aquinas Academy is holding its Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement on Sat. May 29. A spring formal dinner dance was held on April 23. “It was truly a wonderful evening, said Leslie Mitros, head of school.

Bishop Canevin High School seniors are planning their senior prom for Friday, May 21 outdoors on their campus, renting a big tent and dance floor, and having the event catered. Principal Mike Joyce said there also will be a karaoke contest. Commencement is set for Sat. May 29.

Seton LaSalle High School’s graduation and Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Fri. May 28 at Saint Anne Church in Castle Shannon. The entire senior class will attend the Senior Awards ceremony on Wed. May 26. Principal Lauren Martin said they are not holding a formal senior prom, but a dance is planned for Fri. May 21 with a DJ, food and drinks.

Nazareth Prep will hold an Honors Convocation on Sat. May 15, according to Rita Canton, head of school. Commencement is scheduled for Thurs. June 10 on campus. Instead of a prom, seniors will be making a trip to Cedar Point amusement park on Fri. May 14.

Graduation for Serra Catholic High School will be held Thurs. May 27 at Saint Paul Cathedral. Principal Tim Chirdon said seniors will celebrate with a social event on Sat. May 8 in their school gym–no dancing, but there will be a magician and games.

Greensburg Bishop Larry Kulick with St. Joe seniors Brody Porter, Angelina Bucci, Michael Konopski & Dale Hyland.

On the home page: Central Catholic seniors (l-r) Bryce Hunt, Jahrale Dennis, Connor Downs and Cameron Annear on the school athletic field April 30 for a special breakfast hosted by the Central Catholic Mothers’ Guild and Parents of the Class of 2021.