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Announcement regarding graduation and Baccalaureate Mass

Dear West Catholic Prep Community.

At a time in our country, in fact in the world, when everything we took for granted has been upended, it is more important than ever that we remain a strong school community and we do that by supporting each other and trusting each other. For us, the leadership of West Catholic Preparatory High School, our highest priority remains keeping our students and their families healthy and safe as we stand united against the tragedy of COVID-19 in our everyday lives.

For our seniors and senior families, the impact is particularly hard. We know that graduation, Baccalaureate Mass, and proms are long anticipated celebrations of their journey and their achievements. We share in their disappointment. We wish we could stand with our seniors for these well-deserved and memorable events in their education and their life experiences.

The reality of restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people does not permit us to give our seniors the great and proud tradition of a West Catholic Preparatory graduation in person as planned.

As Archbishop Perez has said, we are a people of great hope. We need to gather up our hope and our faith to help us accept what we cannot change. Our students and their families have demonstrated great strength and courage throughout this challenging and difficult chapter of their high school experience. Since March 16, together they have learned, together they have prayed, together they have socialized, together they have given back-all virtually. Together we will find a way to make the graduation experience a safe and rich experience virtually as well.

At West Catholic Preparatory, we have been working very hard on a plan for how this will be achieved. We are planning for a virtual baccalaureate Mass and a virtual graduation ceremony. We will very shortly be sharing the details with our students. And if and when there has been easing of government restrictions, we hope to plan additional celebratory events during the summer or into the fall. In the meantime, know that our students very much in our hearts and minds even though we apart.

May God bless you and keep you safe.

Mr. Paul Colistra

Mrs. Kelly M. Lanza