Katie Monaghan and Lauren Monaghan
Continuing their week of bidding farewell to Assumption High School, the Class of 2014 gathered at St. Patrick’s Church Thursday night to celebrate the 57th Baccalaureate mass. The class, coined “Forever Fourteen,” shared in the memories, laughter, and tears alongside friends, family, and faculty and staff.
Mass began with the procession of the faculty and staff, followed by opening remarks from Elaine Salvo, Assumption president. The soon-to-be graduates followed in after, and a ‘regular’ mass began.
Unique to the Baccalaureate mass is the speech given by a student selected by her class. This year’s class chose Fran Deeley as their speaker. This has been a dream of Deeley’s since she was a sophomore.
“It has always been a dream of mine to give a speech to my classmates. I actually started to write a draft of a speech I wanted to give back sophomore year. So getting to live out my dream was truly amazing,” Deeley stated.
After reminiscing with her classmates, Deeley’s speech was over and the mass continued on like any other. To conclude the mass, seniors signed “The Rose”, a senior retreat tradition, and teachers said goodbye to the students they had once taught.
“The mass is a very big part of senior graduation… it is a time for our entire class to come together and celebrate our Catholic faith,” said Deeley.