High hopes for bright futures and fond recollections of days now suddenly past were on the minds of outgoing Bellarmine-Jefferson High School seniors during a graduation mass and commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in downtown Los Angeles.
“In the beginning, you don’t know anyone. You’re alone,” said Bell-Jeff graduate Fernando De La Peña, a Glendale resident. But over four years at a small high school, students “become close like a family, and when you graduate and move on you realize you’re really going to miss your friends.”
Some 300 supporters gathered to pray with and then cheer on the 66 teens who make up the 65th graduating class of the Catholic school in Burbank.
Carol Galindo of Mission Hills, who was celebrating the graduation of godchild Karina Hernandez and has two children at Bell-Jeff, said holding the ceremony at the cathedral added to an already emotion-filled occasion.