Text and photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
The graduating seniors of St. Anthony’s High School received a spectacular sendoff on Saturday, June 6, as they and their families participated in a drive-through commencement ceremony at the school’s South Huntington campus.
Dressed in traditional caps and gowns, members of the Class of 2020 exited their cars to receive diplomas from Franciscan Brother David Migliorino, school principal, who, along with dean of faculty Paul Washington, greeted the graduates under a huge white tent covering the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto.
The outgoing students posed for formal photos with the two school administrators and with their families. Faculty members, staff and several Franciscan friars cheered and held congratulatory signs as the grads drove past them as they left the property.
St. Anthony’s administration worked tirelessly to produce a memorable event aimed at easing the pain felt by students who saw their senior year derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The evening prior to the commencement, Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning was the principal celebrant and homilist at a live-streamed baccalaureate Mass held in the school’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. Bishop Henning was joined by Father Khoa Le, St. Anthony’s chaplain, school administrators and members of the Franciscan community.