In a tradition dating back 80 years, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduates wore white dresses and gloves and held bouquets of red roses as they graduated from high school on Sunday.
More than 1,500 guests watched the 97 members of the Class of 2012 in the ceremony at Crane Field, with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as the backdrop. On the same day, 96 seniors at Flintridge Preparatory School graduated before friends and family at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Sacred Heart Valedictorian Nora Welsh, 18, spoke of the values the school imprinted on the Class of 2012 for the past four years, but also how the girls contributed to Sacred Heart traditions in their own way.
“We are a challenging class,” said Welsh. “As each one of our teachers and coaches challenged us, we likewise challenged them.”
Welsh said as a freshman she was scared to speak her mind, but grew more bold with the help of mentors. She said the Class of 2012 is a confident crew. “We are not a shy bunch,” she said. “I am not worried about our futures, I'm excited.”