Despite earlier predictions for a rainy Saturday, the Class of 2018 was greeted with a sunny and warm June morning for Regis High School's 101st graduation exercises. Donned in white jackets, 130 classmates entered the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola as seniors and departed as alumni, ready to set the world on fire.
In his remarks to the newest Regis alumni, Rev. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, president of Regis, reminded them that, “one thing that doesn’t change with graduation or with time: no matter what or where, you are always called to be Men for Others, and to remember that to whom much is given, much is expected."
Father Lahart also challenged the Class of 2018 to grow in the grace of gratitude and generosity during this important time in their lives.
“If you can continue to grow in these two qualities," said Fr. Lahart, “I guarantee that you will live a happier life than if you don’t. You will be a better friend, a better husband to your wife, a better father to your children. You will be a better businessman or engineer, doctor or lawyer, even a better priest if you are so called. Developing the gifts of gratitude and generosity will make you a better person. When you are a grateful person, grateful for your gifts and talents, you can’t help but be generous in response to the needs and concerns of others."
To commemorate 80 years of the Heitefuss Award, Ms. Carol Heitefuss Westmoreland (daughter of Hugo Heitefuss '22) and her husband, Mr. William Westmoreland, were on hand to present this year's award. Considered the most prestigious graduation award, the honor is given to the graduate most representative of the best Regis traditions. Ms. Heitefuss Westmoreland presented this year's award to Christopher Scazzero '18.
As is tradition, the graduating class chose a class speaker to offer remarks during graduation exercises. Trevor Wertheimer '18, who will be attending Williams College in the fall, spoke on behalf of his classmates. Throughout his speech, Wertheimer emphasized the shared experiences that bonded them as a class.
“Four years of trying moments, sleepless nights, painful loss. Four years of tearful laughter, triumphant moments, shared enjoyment. Through it all, we never forgot each other and found strength in the bonds——of friendship and brotherhood," said Wertheimer.
“All in all, it has been the best four years of our lives."
Posted below are photographs from the 2018 Graduation Exercises. Congratulations to the 101st graduating class of Regis High School!
Graduates and their families pose for photos early on the morning of June 2nd.
Seniors file into Wallace Hall to begin preparations for their class procession into the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Graduates wait for all classmates to arrive.
Seniors wait to hear word that it is time to begin graduation exercises.
Diplomas are staged on the altar, ready for distribution.
The Class of 2018 makes their way into the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Dr. John Tricamo is all smiles at his 47th and final graduation ceremony at Regis.
The seniors fill the pews for their graduation ceremony.
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is filled to capacity for the 2018 graduation exercises.
Trevor Wertheimer '18 addresses the graduates of the class of 2018.
Ms. Heitefuss Westmoreland, daughter of Hugo Heitefuss '22, presented this year's Heitefuss Award to Christopher Scazzero '18.
Peter Labbat'83, chair of the Regis Board of Trustees, addresses the class of 2018.
In his final year as principal, Dr. Gary Tocchet provides words of wisdom to the graduating Regians.
Regians receive their diplomas.
Rev. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, president, challenges the class of 2018 to grow in the grace of gratitude and generosity during this important time in their lives.