Fifty-five Bellarmine-Jefferson High School seniors received their diplomas Sunday during a graduation mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Senior class president Elijah Reed, 18, said that the ceremony was a culmination of everyone's hard work.
“It's a step closer to adulthood,” he said. “It's a time where we can reflect on our four years and really see how far we've come. It all comes together in that diploma; and then we get to move on and do it all over again in college.”
Also among the graduates were friends Andrea Carrasco and Briana Montalban, both 18.
The two became friends during their freshman year at Bell-Jeff where they were both on the cheer squad and belonged to the national honor society. As seniors, they served as cheer captains. As college freshmen, they will both head to Cal State Northridge and major in biology.
During mass, Father Roger Labonte said he would ask God to guide the students along their journey and that it would take the students' collective effort to contribute to the world.