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A walk to remember: Austin, Pacelli graduations set for this week

Congratulations to the Class of 2019, you’re almost at the finish line.

Now that the school year is drawing to a close, Austin High School and Pacelli High School will be hosting their commencement ceremonies this week, which will act as rites of passage for many graduating seniors who will be going on to their next phase in life, whether it’d be working in the trades, joining the workforce or attending further schooling.


Pacelli High School

On Wednesday, June 5, 13 students will be graduating from Pacelli Catholic Schools starting at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The commencement ceremony begins with a welcome as well as some scripture readings.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Linda Pulchinski, a retired Pacelli teacher, and the student speakers will be valedictorian Abigail Bollingberg and salutatorian Kayla Christopherson. There will also be the presentation of the Alpha Omega Award for a student who has been attending Pacelli Catholic Schools since kindergarten. There will be a reception held afterward for families and friends of the graduates.

“It’s just very gratifying to see these young women and men reach this milestone in their careers, and to see how they’ve grown in their academics and their faith,” said Jean McDermott, principal of Pacelli Catholic Schools. “It’s amazing to see how they’ve committed to serving their families, school and communities, and it’s exciting to think about how much they offer to the world and see them get sent off into the world.”


Anh Le, a graduating Austin High School senior, gives as speech as one of the Class of 2018’s student speakers during the graduation ceremony last year. Herald file photo

Austin High School

For Austin High School seniors, graduation is on Friday, June 7. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Knowlton Auditorium. There are 314 students graduating from AHS this year.

This year 17 students are being recognized for High Distinction, 10 of which who will be speaking as this year’s student speakers: Madison Lang, Jordyn Aakre, Emily Eich, Maia Irvin, Katherine Willrodt, Thomas Kroymann, Brockdon Lawhead, Henry Hinchcliffe, Eleanor Hinchcliffe and Sarah Bachmeier.

Other High Distinction students include: Daniela Hernandez Espindola,Simon Hirst, Tarik Merzkani, Nathan Meyer,

Kassidy Oldenkamp, Jacob Steinbach and Riley Wempner.

Superintendent David Krenz and Principal Andrea Malo will be speaking to families and guests during commencement.

For those who are unable to attend can watch via live streaming on the Austin Public Schools’ YouTube channel and Facebook page.


Pick up your copy of the Austin Daily Herald’s Graduation Section today!