Amidst spectacular views of the San Gabriel Mountains, family and friends gathered at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Crane Field Sunday afternoon as 96 young women graduated in the class of 2011.
Dressed in a white gown and holding a bouquet of red roses, each young woman also wore a school medallion.
In addition to the common processional song, Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the young women personalized their ceremony as the school’s Chamber Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble and Chorus sang “I Hope You Dance,” a song about choosing to dream in spite of the possibility of failure.
Robbie Dela Cruz was honored as the class’ salutatorian and Alyssa De Oca and Stephanie Ramsden were honored as co-valedictorians.
A common theme ran throughout the young ladies’ speeches: a sense of sisterhood between the 96 graduates, a bond that was fostered at the school.
As Dela Cruz gave her speech, she took onlookers back to her first day at Sacred Heart. “After my first day at school, I cried that night because I felt that I could not accomplish all that my teachers wanted. I know that this school purposely tried to challenge me,” she said.